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Reactive lymph nodes, mean cancer?

Reactive lymph nodes, mean cancer?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What should I know about lymph node cancer?

What should I know about lymph node cancer?

Lymphoma: Lymphoma is a type of cancer that occurs when white blood cells (lymphocytes) behave irregularly. Abnorma lymphocytes may divide more frequently and can form "nodules". Lymphoma may develop in many parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, bone marrow, spleen, other organs. Lymphoma is divided into two main types - hodgkin's and non hodgkin's and several subtypes. Cancer. Gov for more info. ...Read more

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Can cancer hide in lymph nodes and not show on pet scahn?

Can cancer hide in lymph nodes and not show on pet scahn?

Yes: Unfortunately yes. Pet scans do not detect all cancer in the lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes that are soft, moveable and do not grow still be cancer?

Can lymph nodes that are soft, moveable and do not grow still be cancer?

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 more

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In general, Does lymph nodes for about month always mean they are cancer?

In general, Does lymph nodes for about month always mean they are cancer?

Definitely Not: There are lots of "reactive" lymph node swellings which can happen in response to anything from a bug bite on the skin to a viral sore throat. Of course this also depends on the location! Definitely have a face to face exam with a local physician such that he can take careful history and figure this out! Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What can cause a lymph node to get larger on serial examinations besides cancer?

What can cause a lymph node to get larger on serial examinations besides cancer?

Enlarged Nodes: Lymph nodes act as the filters for the lymphatic system. They can collect all sorts of bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Enlarged nodes could be infection, inflammation or cancer. ...Read more

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Afraid of cancer, could it possibly have made the lymph node permanently enlarged?

Afraid of cancer, could it possibly have made the lymph node permanently enlarged?

No: If you believe you've found an enlarged hard lymph node, please see a doctor and get it looked at. ...Read more

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How to know if I'm sick with cancer, or is it just a lymph node that never returned to normal?

How to know if I'm sick with cancer, or is it just a lymph node that never returned to normal?

MD: You need to see a doctor. Nodes can get enlarged for many reasons but if they stay enlarged for a long time they should be evaluated. Visit your doc who will decide the course of action. Best to you. ...Read more

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When someone has cancer in their lymph nodes, does that mean it's throughout their entire body?

When someone has cancer in their lymph nodes, does that mean it's throughout their entire body?

Not necessarily...: The lymphatic circulation is a conduit for cancer cells to exit their organ of origin and spread elsewhere in the body. Lymph nodes are filters which may "capture" some of these cancer cells; their removal then gives us information about what may be going on elsewhere in the body. The prognosis of lymph node-positive cancer is highly dependent on the type of cancer & it's chemosensitivity. ...Read more

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There is enlarged aortocaval lymph node measuring 6mm in diameter also suspicious can that be a cancer??

There is enlarged aortocaval lymph node measuring 6mm in diameter also suspicious can that be a cancer??

Unlikely: The upper limits of normal for an aortocaval lymph node is 10 mm. Your lymph node is well within that limit. If you have no history of cancer, there is nothing to be concerned about. ...Read more

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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 more

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When some lymph nodes test positive after removal does it mean there is cancer somewhere in the body or that their is just higher chance 4 recurrence?

POSITIVE FOR CANCER?: The exact test and situation needs to be clear to answer this question. For example with breast cancer the finding of cancer in lymph nodes is generally associated with a higher risk of the disease coming back. However haaving said that we now know that this one finding has little predictive value by itself, so I would consult with your doctor about all the parameters of your disease. ...Read more

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Is cancer in lymph nodes curable?

Depends upon type.: There are many types of malignancies / cancers that can be effectively treated when they involve lymph nodes. It is important to know what type of cancer and the overall stage of the disease. Don't give up! ...Read more

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Is cancer in lymph nodes treatable?

Is cancer in lymph nodes treatable?

Lymph node cancers: Cancers can start in lymph nodes like lymphoma, or they can spread to them from somewhere else. If it spread to them, they can be treated but the cure rate is lower. Lymphomas can usually be effectively treated as well. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cancer of lymph nodes?

What are the symptoms of cancer of lymph nodes?

Lymph nodes: Lymph node disease occurs for a number reasons. Any noticeable enlargement in a group of lymph nodes, especially painless, with accompanying fevers, night sweats or rapid weight loss should be followed up with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does a lymph node swollen from cancer look like?

Enlarged and firm.: A norml lymph node is about the size, shape and consistency of a partially cooked kidney bean (small, bean-shaped, and soft but solid). A lymph node involved by metastatic carcinoma would be enlarged, irregular in shape and would feel more firm / hard to the touch (like a pitted date). A node with carcinoma might also have a woody cut surface and might be 'fixed' to adjacent soft tissue. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is lymph node a sign of cancer?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes in the middle of my chest mean high chance of cancer?

Perhaps: Abnormal lymph nodes anywhere in the body can be related to cancer. Visit your primary care physician or a medical oncologist to find out more. You might need a ct scan or a biopsy. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the survival rate of lymph node cancer?

Could you tell me what is the survival rate of lymph node cancer?

Depends: There are many kinds of "lymph node cancers" (lymphoma). Hodkin's vs. Non hodkin's, aggressive vs slow growing. Some are terribly aggressive, can cause death in weeks, and respond poorly to treatment whereas others can be present (often unnoticed) for years and cause no problems even without treatment. You need to be a bit more specific for us to answer your question. ...Read more

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Does an enlarged lymph node in the periaortic region indicate cancer?

Depends: It may indicate cancer metastasis or spread… do you have a previous history of intra-abdominal malignancy such as: colon, pancreatic or liver cancer? ...Read more

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Need to know if a dr orders a cats can for lymph nodes before s bronscopy is it cancer.

Sounds like he's: Looking for evidence, but the only proof is a biopsy. Ct-scans reveal lumps, in lungs or the mediastinum, wher the heart, swallowing tube and lymph nodes live. Size and architecture point to or against cancer. Pet/ct follows a biopsy. They must know that there is cancer first, then look for the legitimate treatments. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes does that mean cancer is present?

I was diagnosed with enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes does that mean cancer is present?

No: To proper answer your question we need to know more than the information you have provided. What is your age and your prior medical history? How were those enlarged lymph nodes diagnosed? To prove presence or absence of a disease in those nodes you will need additional work-up and most likely a biopsy. ...Read more

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Lymphovascular space invasion:suspicious foci present. Does this mean the cancer is in the lymph nodes?

Lymphovascular space invasion:suspicious foci present. Does this mean the cancer is in the lymph nodes?

No, but maybe: The report means the pathologist sees some abnormal and possibly cancerous cells in the lymph channels in the tissue around the tumor. The lymph channels carry fluids to the lymph nodes. In many kinds of cancer spread into these channels increases the risk of lymph node involvement as well as spread further away for the tumor in the surrounding tissues. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Could cancer metastase to distant regional lymph nodes before it metastase to the nearby lymph nodes?

Could cancer metastase to distant regional lymph nodes before it metastase to the nearby lymph nodes?

No: Tumors metastasize to regional nodes before distant nodes, but what goes to nodal disease only stays nodal. When breast spreads to nodes, one pos. Axillary node is said to have better prognosis that 10 nodes. This is not due to # nodes but more nodes means primary has been spreading over a longer period of time. If axilla speads it is only to supraclavicular nodes and no other site. ...Read more

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Left side neck hurts at one point. Think its lymph node. I'm 17. I smoke abit. Not consistant. I'm scared its cancer. Pls help?

Left side neck hurts at one point. Think its lymph node. I'm 17. I smoke abit. Not consistant. I'm scared its cancer. Pls help?

Neck Pain: Chances are it is not cancer. You definitely should not smoking because it does increase your risk of cancer. You should see a doctor for evaluation to find out what is going on and to, I expect, alleviate your anxiety and fear about the cancer. ...Read more

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I've had a lymph node on the back of my neck for over a year now. It's about 1 CM. Hard but movable. Should I be worried about cancer?

No: Just check the node about once a month. If it does not grow bigger, you do not have other enlarged nodes, it would be okay to wait and watch.
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