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Are palpable supraclavicular lymph nodes usually cancer?

Are palpable supraclavicular lymph nodes usually cancer?

It depends.: Sometimes these, and other nodes are palpable because of infection. Sometimes cancer can do it. Rock hard nodes would more likely mean cancer, while soft, painful ones would point to infection. ...Read more

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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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I was wondering are most swollen bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes a sign of cancer?

I was wondering are most swollen bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes a sign of cancer?

No: Most often, they're normal nodes, there to guard your health. Report any suspicious masses that stay around for two weeks or longer to your physician. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have several palpable bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes and not be related to cancer?

Is it possible to have several palpable bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes and not be related to cancer?

Yes. There are: Indeed many causes of benign, or at least not malignant nodes. Sarcoid is a common one, but drug reactions, infections, tb, HIV are some of a long list of others. ...Read more

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Can esophageal cancer spread to supraclavicular lymph nodes without causing any symptoms?

Can  esophageal cancer spread to supraclavicular lymph nodes without causing any symptoms?

Sadly yes: Esophagus is a muscular tube that can stretch, so often no symptoms until it can't . Also has no outer membrane surrounding it so easier to spread outside the organ itself. ...Read more

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I have a rock hard mass in my right supraclavicular lymph node, is it cancer?

Could be...: A "rock hard" mass anywhere in your body, particularly one that grows or is accompanied by other symptoms, deserves further workup. Hope it's nothing of importance but do get it checked. ...Read more

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I have a rock hard mass growing in my right supraclavicular lymph node. Is it cancer?

I have a rock hard mass growing in my right supraclavicular lymph node. Is it cancer?

What you feel : May be a node, could be a cervical rib or transverse process. Go to a doctor for an exam rather than ask us on-line when we cannot touch you. ...Read more

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Lump on left breast for 4 weeks - feels on surface, not "in" breast. No visible skin changes, or changes to breast shape. Also enlarged left supraclavicular lymph node. Only 23 - is cancer possible?

Lump on left breast for 4 weeks - feels on surface, not "in" breast. No visible skin changes, or changes to breast shape. Also enlarged left supraclavicular lymph node. Only 23 - is cancer possible?

Possible: Persistent breast lumps, regardless of age, should be aggressively evaluated. See your primary physician for referral to a surgeon, a breast center for mammogram and possible ultrasound with biopsy if required. No more waiting- get acting. ...Read more

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Can bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes 0.5cm each be caused from Lyme disease? Moveable and rubbery.

Can bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes 0.5cm each be caused from Lyme disease? Moveable and rubbery.

Normal size: As far as size your lymph nodes ,they seem to be normal. If there is a history of a tick bite and a local rash see your PCP for further tests and possible treatment. In other words I do not see a connection in between Lyme and 2 symmetric lymph nodes. The history is critical in diagnosing Lyme disease. ...Read more

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Do cancerous and noncancerous supraclavicular lymph nodes have different hardness or texture?

Do cancerous and noncancerous supraclavicular lymph nodes have different hardness or texture?

Cancer - harder: Generally nodes with cancer are harder, however, it is not a finding to hang one's hat on. Definitive diagnosis needs removal of the tissue and examination by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Would supraclavicular lymph nodes be more than 1 inch above the collarbone? What does "just above" mean?

Would supraclavicular lymph nodes be more than 1 inch above the collarbone? What does "just above" mean?

Lymph nodes: supraclavicular refers to the area immediately above the collarbone and the base of the neck ...Read more