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What Does A Cancerous Lymph Node Look Like
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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