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What does a cancerous axillary lymph node look like for any kind of cancer?

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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Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more


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What is the difference between a regular lymph node and a cancerous lymph node?

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

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

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

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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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?

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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Wld a sarcoma or cancerous lymph node grow over 3 years?Had it seen then, Dr. said nodule,not to worry.Small, firm, mobile,I feel well.Still same size

Wld a sarcoma or cancerous lymph node grow over 3 years?Had it seen then, Dr. said nodule,not to worry.Small, firm, mobile,I feel well.Still same size

Yes...: Without treatment, cancer as you describe always grows. If a "nodule" has definitely and objectively not changed in size over 3 years, then for all practical purposes it essentially proves that the initial diagnosis by your physician was correct. I hope this helps answer your question! ...Read more

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What are characteristics of cancerous lymph node?I have one behind ear for 4 months,1 CM diameter, moves when touched,no pain. Could it be lymphoma?

What are characteristics of cancerous lymph node?I have one behind ear for 4 months,1 CM diameter, moves when touched,no pain.  Could it be lymphoma?

Cancer's abnormal: A great many of your peers have one or more nodes like this one. Freely mobile nodes that are not outrageously large and not growing rapidly, especially in a year old, aren't going to be cancer. I'm glad you're health-conscious. The lymph nodes is your friend. ...Read more

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What does a lymph node swollen from cancer look like?

What does a lymph node swollen from cancer look like?

Enlarged and firm.: A norml 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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Would a cancerous axillary lymph node be hard on the outside but soft in the middle, and would it be red and bruised looking?

Would a cancerous axillary lymph node be hard on the outside but soft in the middle, and would it be red and bruised looking?

Skin abcess: You seem to be describing a skin abcess(boil). If it doesn't resolve by itself or gets worse see a physician to have it incised and drained. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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