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Dr. Charles Sturgis
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What does a cancerous axillary lymph node look like for any kind of cancer?

Dr. Charles Sturgis
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What does a cancerous axillary lymph node look like for any kind of cancer?

Enlarged and firm.: A normal 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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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that occur in almost any organ or tissue in the body. Symptoms depend on the location of the cancer, and cancer often has the potential to grow and spread to other ...Read more


Dr. Inderjit Deol
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How large does a cancerous lymph node have to be to become painful?

Dr. Inderjit Deol
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How large does a cancerous lymph node have to be to become painful?

Large lymph node: Pain is not related to the size (measurement) of the lymph node. However, large lymph nodes can impinge adjacent nerves which can cause pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Inderjit Deol
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Is a cancerous lymph node moveable?

Dr. Inderjit Deol
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Is a cancerous lymph node moveable?

Lymph node: In early stages, yes, cancerous lymph node is moveable. But in later stages, cancerous lymph nodes become firm to hard, matted (adherent to each other) and adherent to adjacent structures and immoveable. ...Read more

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
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What is the difference between a regular lymph node and a cancerous lymph node?

Dr. Ankush Bansal
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What is the difference between a regular lymph node and a cancerous lymph node?

What it contains: Lymph nodes drain a region of a body of its toxins, pathogens, & dead cells through the lymphatic system. This parallels the venous system. Once the lymphatic fluid from distant cells reaches a node, white blood cells either kill or process the contents. Cancerous nodes simply collected cancerous cells that drained from its territory. The cells then were able to multiply in that node as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Wu
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What is normally the size of a cancerous lymph node in lymphoma? How big does it have to get

Dr. Theodore Wu
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What is normally the size of a cancerous lymph node in lymphoma? How big does it have to get

Lymphoma: The node can be of any size. If you find a suspicious or new node, see your primary doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Will a cancerous lymph node go down quite abit and then come back?

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Will a cancerous lymph node go down quite abit and then come back?

Yes,sometimes: Most times the cancers grow but sometimes they can be stable for extended periods of time and on rare occasions they can regress spontaneously. This happens with some lymphomas and melanoma. But a biopsy is the best way to know if the nodes are indeed cancerous. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Would a cancerous lymph node go down in size with heat and massage? Or would it just continue to grow?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Would a cancerous lymph node go down in size with heat and massage? Or would it just continue to grow?

Grow: A cancerous node will not go down with massage or heat, however, it may alter your perception of the size of the node. Since the node is palpable, you may wish to discuss having fine needle aspirate done by a pathologist or better yet an open biopsy, for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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If someone has lymphoma and gets sick. Will the cancerous lymph node hurt like a normal one would as the result of the infection?

Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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If someone has lymphoma and gets sick. Will the cancerous lymph node hurt like a normal one would as the result of the infection?

Probably not.: I think the question is would an enlarged lymph node caused by an infection hurt as compared to a lymph node enlarged with lymphoma. Generally, an infllammed or infected lymph node from infection, hurts. A lymph node enlarged by cancer cells, such as lymphoma, is not tender and does not hurt. That's why self examination for enlarged nodes (axillae in females, groin in males, eg) is so important. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Over the course of 3 yrs,would a sarcoma or cancerous lymph node show signifigant,noticable growth?Possible to not notice change or wld change a lot?

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Over the course of 3 yrs,would a sarcoma or cancerous lymph node show signifigant,noticable growth?Possible to not notice change or wld change a lot?

Cancer tends to grow: It would be very unlikely for a cancer not to grow and spread over a period of 3 years. If it was cancerous, the tumor/Nodes will increase in size in 3, 6 to 9 months. Biopsy is indicated if it has grown in size, otherwise it can be left alone. ...Read more

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Dr. Francisco Medina-mejia
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Can a lump ( cancerous lymph node) be removed?

Dr. Francisco Medina-mejia
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Can a lump ( cancerous lymph node) be removed?

Lymph node: Yes it can be removed. Location of the node is important for the type of procedure needed. ...Read more

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