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Are all lymph nodes cancerous. Do some of then to away on their own with time. I have one and scared of cancer?
No cancerous: Lymph nodes are a normal part of human anatomy. Their job is to help fight infection and they may swell up when you have an infection. Those usually go back to normal size within a couple weeks or months. If you have an enlarged lymph node, show your parents so they can take you to a doctor to be checked. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Less likely: Cancerous lymph nodes typically are hard. Lymphomas (another kind of malignancy in lymph nodes) might be softer, or even feel fluid-filled (cystic). Any unusual lymph node, one that increases in size, is tender, hard, clumped, fixed to surrounding tissue, etc needs to be checked promptly, especially if associated with other symptoms, like itching, fever, weight loss, jaundice. Any doubts, see md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Generally, when someone describes lymph nodes as "reactive", they mean that the lymph node abnormality / enlargement is caused by a benign condition (such as an irritant or infection or inflammation) and not a malignancy. It is not always possible to determine to what a node is "reacting", but use of the wording "reactive" generally connotes a benign / non-malignant process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are lymph nodes that are removed to look for cancer spread taken out in order? Ex: 20 removed & 10 positive. Is cancer gone b/c last 10 were clear?
No.: Lymph nodes are "traps" that capture cell spread. Their involvement generally means that cancer cells have escaped from the source, but not necessarily that they have spread all over. Know that cancers of the lymph system (lymphoma) start there so in essence are not considered to have spread, unless they involve many areas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There is enlarged aortocaval lymph node measuring 6mm in diameter also suspicious can that be a cancer ??
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