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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
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
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
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
Lymphoma: The node can be of any size. If you find a suspicious or new node, see your primary doctor immediately. ...Read more
Would a cancerous lymph node go down in size with heat and massage? Or would it just continue to grow?
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?
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
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?
Sometimes a biopsy: Cancerous is hard feeling while benignis soft or firm. But saying that there are other things can cause enlarged lymph nodes. ...Read more
Infections: The fact there is a positive respose to antibiotics certainly entertains the possiblity of chronic infections but any adenopathy not resolving and on both sides of body as well as upper and lower body needs an evaluation with a complete inectious workup, lymphoma workup and probable biopsy. There are many condition both serious and benign that could be the cause please seek medical evaluation. ...Read more
No: If you believe you've found an enlarged hard lymph node, please see a doctor and get it looked at. ...Read more
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
Depends: There are many kinds of "lymph node cancers" (lymphoma). Hodkin's vs. Non hodkin's, aggressive vs slow growing. Some are terribly aggressive, can cause death in weeks, and respond poorly to treatment whereas others can be present (often unnoticed) for years and cause no problems even without treatment. You need to be a bit more specific for us to answer your question. ...Read more
You have a lump in: Your neck? You might be right, it could be a lymph node, a lot depends on where, and how long it has been there. The possibillities include congenital cysts, thyroid enlargements, tumors and benign, and nodes. Nodes can be infectious or inflammatory, or intrinsic lymphoma, or regional or distant cancer. An exam and possibly imaging and biopsy may be needed. ...Read more
That depends on:
What you mean. Hodgkins lymphoma or non- Hodgkins
lymphoma start in lymph system. If there is cancer found in a lymph node (& not a lymphatic cancer) then it is metastatic from where it originated. But having a painful or swollen lymph doesn't automatically mean that there is cancer in that particular node. It needs to be tested to know. ...Read more
I think im a hyperchodriac have posterior cervicle lymph node swellin 3 weeks its small movable seen 2 docs and I keep freaking that I have cancer?
Hypochondriac?: Your words, not mine. You've seen two doctors already. Do you really think you are going to be reassured by an internet doctor who doesn't really know you? If you are "freaking out" all the time about illness that you don't have, then maybe it's time for some therapy? ...Read more
Your doc knows best.: Sometimes a single biopsy is not conclusive. In medicine we must be sure of the diagnosis. That may require an additional sample. ...Read more
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
It depends.: This likely depends on the type of cancer, and/or if you have inflammation/infection. A cancerous lymph node in this region from, say breast cancer is hard, firn, somewhat immovable, and painless to touch. If there is inflammation or infection, it can be hot, swollen and sensitive/painful. If you have either of these, you should see your doctor for a full work-up as cancer can still be there. ...Read more
No: Lymph node removals are performed for two reasons. The first is for enlarged firm lymph nodes where the excision is for diagnostic purposes. The second is for removal of potentially metastatic nodes to stage an existing tumor such as melanoma of skin or a malignant lesion of breast. ...Read more
MD: You need to see a doctor. Nodes can get enlarged for many reasons but if they stay enlarged for a long time they should be evaluated. Visit your doc who will decide the course of action. Best to you. ...Read more
There is enlarged aortocaval lymph node measuring 6mm in diameter also suspicious can that be a cancer??
Hello I have a lymph node that hurts very badly and has made my face swell my question is, is it cancerous?
Yes: No matter what it is, you need to be seen now. At your age, it could well be Hodgkin's and timely treatment will make likely a cure of this otherwise deadly illness. Swelling of the face suggests obstruction of a deep vein by more lymph node tissue. Good luck, and be brave. ...Read more
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