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

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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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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Can excessive lymph node swelling in an unrelated area be a sign of cancer elsewhere , or would this only present at a very advanced stage?

Can excessive lymph node swelling in an unrelated area be a sign of cancer elsewhere  , or would this only present at a very advanced stage?

Lymph Node Swelling: At your age, the most likely causes are a viral illness like mononucleosis or some other inflammatory or infectious process, not cancer. You didn't say where the swollen nodes were and where the other area affected was. These details could help narrow the focus. ...Read more

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I have both R and L supraclavicular lymph node swelling, around 0.5 cm, rubbery, moveable. Is this a sign of cancer?

I have both R and L supraclavicular lymph node swelling, around 0.5 cm, rubbery, moveable. Is this a sign of cancer?

Can't tell: Supraclavicular lymph node elevations are not normal for sure and can be a sign of serious conditions like different cancers, but are not definitive of such as a single presenting symptom. You should get in to see the Dr. and get a good examination and some testing to be safe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does a pea size lymph node under a chin a sign of cancer? 5 months and its not painful. I have discomfort under my chin and tongue due toacid reflux.

Does a pea size lymph node under a chin a sign of cancer? 5 months and its not painful. I have discomfort under my chin and tongue due toacid reflux.

No: Everybody has a few lymph nodes palpable in the neck. Since my strep throat as a second year med student, the one under my chin has been the size of a gorbanzo bean. Dozens of worried young adults have palpated it and been reassured. If your node is not growing, is not stony-hard, and isn't fixed to the surounding structures, ignore it. ...Read more

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How likely is it that the first sign of pancreatic cancer would be a palpable left supraclavicular lymph node?

How likely is it that the first sign of pancreatic cancer would be a palpable left supraclavicular lymph node?

It can happen: Pancreatic and stomach cancer can be quite advanced before they are detected, and it is well described that the first manifestation can be a palpable "Virchow's node." ...Read more

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Is inguinal lymph node swelling a sign of cervical cancer? Not other symptoms and pap last year was negative

Is inguinal lymph node swelling a sign of cervical cancer? 
Not other symptoms and pap last year was negative

Not usually: There are many reasons for inguinal node enlargement and cervical cancer is low on this list. If you are healthy otherwise. give it a couple more weeks to see how they progress. If you have lower abdominal or genital problems, you will need to see your doctor. ...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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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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