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What do lymphoma nodes feel like? Are they dangerous?

What do lymphoma nodes feel like? Are they dangerous?

It is a form of canc: Lymphomas are cancers of the lymphoid organs and tend to grow and spread. There are two major types: indolent and aggressive type. Symptoms and prognosis are different for each group. High grade lymphomas carry a fatality rate of 30 to 40%. Any lymph node enlargement that is progressive can be due to a lymphoma, thus requires a biopsy for diagnosis.. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Thompson
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Lymphoma (Definition)

A malignancy developing in the lymphocytes of lymph glands. They present as an enlarging node that continues to grow and then ...Read more


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What are lymphoma nodes like, are they fixed or mobile?

What are lymphoma nodes like, are they fixed or mobile?

Typically fixed..: Enlargement of lymph nodes caused by lymphoma are typically fixed. That being said, fixed lymph nodes can be noncancerous and mobile ones can. Seeing a physician who can do a complete history and exam can help determine if further testing for something like a lymphoma is warranted. ...Read more

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If someone has lymphoma and have recurrent fevers. Would it be like 99.0-99.0 or above 100.4? What's concerning? And if 99.5 occurred with nodes

If someone has lymphoma and have recurrent fevers. Would it be like 99.0-99.0 or above 100.4? What's concerning? And if 99.5 occurred with nodes

Life is not exact: Life is not exact. A person at home can measure his temperature in whole numbers. Thermometers are not exact. Human bodies are not exact. So, if one is wondering what to tell the doctor, just use whole numbers. Also, every person is different, so "recurrent fevers" can vary from time to time in one person, and vary among different people. There is no exact number. A couple of doctors can evaluate. ...Read more

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How fast do indolent lymphoma nodes grow?

They grow...: And they subside. Sometimes with no treatment. Relatively benign teatment now encourages some to offer retuxan based therapy. Focal radiotherapy has also been used. Growth rate is variable and usually survival +/- therapy is quite long.. ...Read more

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How fast do low grade lymphoma nodes grow?

How fast do low grade lymphoma nodes grow?

They grow...: And they subside. Sometimes with no treatment. Relatively benign teatment now encourages some to offer retuxan based therapy. Focal radiotherapy has also been used. Growth rate is variable and usually survival +/- therapy is quite long.. ...Read more

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If you have lymphoma do your nodes get very big?

Possible: Lymphomas can present as swelling of lymph nodes. Patients can be seen with swelling of nodes under the arms, in the groin, or around the neck. Other lymph node bearing areas are less accessible to evaluation. If you have persistent swelling of your lymph nodes, see your doctor for an evaluation. Not every swollen node is lymphoma but it's best to be examined. ...Read more

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When it comes to lymph nodes how big is bad. Like lymphoma?

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes enlarge as a result of their normal activity in aiding in immunity, but may also enlarge because of malignancy of the lymphatics or extension of other cancers to the lymph nodes. When cancerous they are often hard to touch, fixed to underlying tissues, not tender. The best answer however, is that if concerned, they may need to be biopsied for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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If you're young like 20's and have lymphoma how long on average (days, weeks, months) would it take for a lymph node enlarge enough to notice it easily?

Variable: There are many different types of lymphomas and each has a different growth rate. If you were to develop a malignant cell in a lymph node today, it would, on average, take a few years for it to become easily noticeable. ...Read more

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Can my lymph node be lymphoma?

Can my lymph node be lymphoma?

Many Causes: 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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How do I know if my lymph node is lymphoma?

How do I know if my lymph node is lymphoma?

Biopsy: The best way to diagnose a lymph node with lymphoma is to have a biopsy sent to a pathologist for examination under the microscope and special tests for lymphoma. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of lymphoma lymph node?

Bad lymph node.: Concerning lymph nodes are generally rockhard, immovable with respect to the overlying skin, irregularly shaped. That being said, any lymph node that you have felt for more than one month should be examined. ...Read more

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If a lymph node (about 0.7 cm) doesn't become bigger in size for 1 year Is that mean it is not lymphoma?

Why worry about it?: Lymph nodes are normally present in all of us. Unless a node is growing in size and grows bigger than one centimeter, it is considered normal. Simply stop checking it unless it is painful or getting bigger on a once monthly check that you can do yourself. ...Read more

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Do lymphoma affected nodes usually start out big in the morning then get softer and smaller as the day goes by? My GP says no.

Do lymphoma affected nodes usually start out big in the morning then get softer and smaller as the day goes by? My GP says no.

No: Enlarged lymph nodes in young individuals are often reactive to infection in the region. But, of course, they can also be reactive to cancer in the area or in the nodes themselves. If you have no regional infection that can explain the enlarged lymph nodes, get examined and if indicated, your physician may recommend a biopsy to rule out malignancy. ...Read more

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If lymph nodes were enlarged due to lymphoma how big would they be after a year? How fast do do they grow? Would there be sypmtoms after a year?

Good questions: There are different kinds of lymphoma with very different behaviors. Some are terribly aggressive and the nodes can double in size in a few days whereas others are very indolent and may remain unchanged for months or years. Same applies for symptoms, the most common of which is just an enlarged node. ...Read more

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For a neck biopsy (to rule out lymphoma) how many nodes do they take out?

Maybe one: Usually only one lymph node can be sufficient for the pathologist to study, as all the lymph nodes in a region are expected to show similar findings. If there are more than one lymph node that are enlarged, then sometimes more are removed. ...Read more

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Is it a good sign that my lymph nodes are shrinking? I have type four non-hodkins lymphoma

Yes it is......: But NHL affects other organ and causes dysfunction by infiltration..........so it is a cautionary good news. ...Read more

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Can lymphoma symptoms wax and wane? Or do they gradually get worse? And do the lymph nodes grow?

Lymphoma: Yes they can wax and wane but they are usually progressive. The lymph nodes can spread but not necessarily grow in size. Check with your physician if you are concerned about lymphoma. ...Read more

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Can a Dr. Look at an excised lymph node and have a good idea if there's a problem (such as lymphoma)?

Yes: Yes. The pathologist can use several different cuts and stains and keep the specimen for further use. Depending on what she/ he sees, even a culture. It can take time and with any question it can even be sent to others for opinion. ...Read more

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What is the major symptom of lymphoma? I want to have a biopsy done but there is no swollen node so does that matters.

Many, varied: Lymphomas can present either with Prolonged fever (>100 degrees) or enlarged lymph nodes somewhere in the body including in places like Chest and Abdomen where it is difficult to feel a growth unless it becomes very large. In the absence of these two features, I would seriously doubt the presence of a Lymphoma. ...Read more

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I had an enlarged (+2cm) lymph node for over 4 weeks. Few days ago went down and has stayed down since. Do lymphoma lymph nodes go down?

Lymphadenopathy: Transient lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) in the absence of other symptoms is usually viral or reactive in nature. Lymphoma associated nodes may fluctuate in size or stay constant. ...Read more

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Is it true cancerous lymph nodes from lymphoma. Typically cause no pain. Grow. Are hard and fixed to a certain area and bigger than 3cm.?

Is it true cancerous lymph nodes from lymphoma. Typically cause no pain. Grow. Are hard and fixed to a certain area and bigger than 3cm.?

Overgeneralization: Neither the size nor symptoms associated with enlarged lymph nodes will differentiate lymphoma from other causes of lymphadenopathy, including other cancers or other conditions, such as infections. In general, when a lymph node is larger than 1.5-2cm, it is necessary to search for a cause, which may require lymph node biopsy. ...Read more

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My doctors always say if the lymph node is moveable and soft and not growing it's normal. Is this true? What texture and size is a typical in lymphoma

Soft, non-fixed: Normal lymph nodes may vary somewhat, but in general normal is non-fixed (movable), soft (not firm). Size < 1-2 cm. Enlarged lymph nodes may be a non-cancer and likewise cancer can be in normal sized lymph nodes. Very large lymph nodes are more likely to be lymphoma. ...Read more

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1.5 cm (minimum) enlarged painless post cervical node. Now new post auricular node, also painless (<1cm). Both growing in the last 2 months. Lymphoma?

1.5 cm (minimum) enlarged painless post cervical node. Now new post auricular node, also painless (<1cm). Both growing in the last 2 months. Lymphoma?

Enlarged lymph node: Lymph nodes can enlarge for many reasons, most commonly related to infectious or inflammatory reasons. Usually these are not fixed, and will wane over time. A node that remains enlarged, becomes fixed, and is not tender is concerning for cancer, particularly if it lasts longer than a few months. Often a simple needle aspiration biopsy can then rule out cancer without need for surgical biopsy. ...Read more

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CTshows enlarged lymp nodes (Lower cervical/mediastinal and hiller); Also possible hepato-spleanomegaly-No discrete lesion. Is this sarcoid or Lymphoma?

CTshows enlarged lymp nodes (Lower cervical/mediastinal and hiller); Also possible hepato-spleanomegaly-No discrete lesion. Is this sarcoid or Lymphoma?

Mgt: The CT report and image may be uploaded during a virtual consult to better assist, but from your description many possible conditions are possible. EBUS biopsy is one way to determine the cause. A TB test and blood work may also be indicated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lymphoma if my nodes are getting big then getting smaller (w/out being sick). a node was found in my trapezius&many cervical nod?

Is it possible to have lymphoma if my nodes are getting big then getting smaller (w/out being sick). a node was found in my trapezius&many cervical nod?

Anything is poss.: There are also benign reasons for intermittent adenopathy. Often getting tissue via needle biopsy is useful. When nodes feel big without explanation, see your provider and decide if you want to have a needle dropped usu. By ultrasound guidance and local anesthesia, a fairly simple office procedure often done in the Radiology Dept. ...Read more

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What would a lymph node in the neck look like/feel like of someone who has lymphoma?

See below...: First, the assessment of an enlarged lymph node should be performed by a professional, therefore consulting your physician is strongly recommended. But to answer your question, lymph nodes involved by lymphoma are usually hard, firm, with a rubbery consistency, sometime adherent to the neighboring tissues which makes them hard to move under the skin, and continuously growing. ...Read more