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Doctor insights on: Rapidly Growing Lymph Nodes

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Do cancerous lymph nodes grow?

Do cancerous lymph nodes grow?

Yes: Most of the lymph nodes that you find are your friends. Malignant nodes are usually pretty early to recognize as abnormal. ...Read more

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Lymohoma lymph nodes never shrink right? Like shrink grow. Shrink grow. Etc.

Lymohoma lymph nodes never shrink right? Like shrink grow. Shrink grow. Etc.

Yes, it can: In indolent lymphoma or slow growing lymphoma, the lymph nodes can be waxing and waning. ...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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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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How big would lymph nodes grow in hiv? Can I feel it? Which lymph nodes are commonly inflamed?

How big would lymph nodes grow in hiv? Can I feel it? Which lymph nodes are commonly inflamed?

Highly variable: If you think you might have HIV disease you should go and be tested asap. The size of lymph nodes and their location may have nothing whatever to do with the cause. Please do not delay in seeing a doctor if this is what you suspect. The earlier you are treated the better the likely outcome. ...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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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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I have no thyroid, TT and tumor removal in 2012, i have slow growing jugular lymph nodes (2 of concern @ 2.1cm and 2.6cm) ?

I have no thyroid, TT and tumor removal in 2012, i have slow growing jugular lymph nodes (2 of concern @ 2.1cm and 2.6cm) ?

Possible mets: In contrast to most H&N malignancies, thyroid Ca does not undergo a concomitant radical neck dissection. Rather nodes are plucked from the adjacent jugular veins. If no abnormal nodes noted at surgery the procedure encompasses the thyroid gland only. At 3 yrs. p.o. if jugular nodes are now noted , bx should be performed and if positive, the jugular veins should be dissected. ...Read more

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So if someone has lymphoma or even another cancer that spread to their lymph nodes. Don't the lymph nodes grow and become hard and firm?

So if someone has lymphoma or even another cancer that spread to their lymph nodes. Don't the lymph nodes grow and become hard and firm?

They can: If enough tumor gets involved, they can get hard. However, small metastases may not be detected except by biopsy. Cancer diagnosis and treatment will involve biopsy, blood draw and imaging studies. ...Read more

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