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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

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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How large does a cancerous lymph node have to be to become painful?

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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Is a cancerous lymph node moveable?

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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Will a cancerous lymph node go down quite abit and then come back?

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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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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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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How to differentiate between cancerous and benign lymph node?

How to differentiate between cancerous and benign lymph node?

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

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If a lymph node is very soft and very moveable but 2.5 CM and never grows is it cancerous?

If a lymph node is very soft and very moveable but 2.5 CM and never grows is it cancerous?

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

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Can you tell me are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature?

Absolutely not: The large majority of lymph nodes biopsied for diagnosis turn out not to bear cancer. And of the benign ones, the majority bear no specific illness. ...Read more

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Afraid of cancer, could it possibly have made the lymph node permanently enlarged?

Afraid of cancer, could it possibly have made the lymph node permanently enlarged?

No: If you believe you've found an enlarged hard lymph node, please see a doctor and get it looked at. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is lymph node a sign of cancer?

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

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Could you tell me what is the survival rate of lymph node cancer?

Could you tell me what is the survival rate of lymph node cancer?

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

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Does having a swollen lymph node mean you have cancer?

Does having a swollen lymph node mean you have cancer?

No: The most common reason for a swollen lymph node is infection, like a sore throat with swollen, tender glands in the neck. One general rule is that if the lymph node is tender, it usually isn't cancer. ...Read more

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Could I have a neck tumor or a lymph node from cancer elsewhere if large?

Could I have a neck tumor or a lymph node from cancer elsewhere if large?

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

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Cancer: Does any/minimal lymph node involvement always mean cancer has metastasized?

Cancer: Does any/minimal lymph node involvement always mean cancer has metastasized?

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

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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?

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

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Why do I need 2 biopsies of inguinal lymph node if no cancer is found?

Why do I need 2 biopsies of inguinal lymph node if no cancer is found?

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

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What should I know about lymph node cancer?

What should I know about lymph node cancer?

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

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How do you know if a lymph node e.G axilary is cancerous. Any symptoms?

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

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What can cause a lymph node to get larger on serial examinations besides cancer?

Enlarged Nodes: Lymph nodes act as the filters for the lymphatic system. They can collect all sorts of bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Enlarged nodes could be infection, inflammation or cancer. ...Read more

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Are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature? Can you share some sources?

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

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How to know if I'm sick with cancer, or is it just a lymph node that never returned to normal?

How to know if I'm sick with cancer, or is it just a lymph node that never returned to normal?

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

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There is enlarged aortocaval lymph node measuring 6mm in diameter also suspicious can that be a cancer??

Unlikely: The upper limits of normal for an aortocaval lymph node is 10 mm. Your lymph node is well within that limit. If you have no history of cancer, there is nothing to be concerned about. ...Read more

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Hello I have a lymph node that hurts very badly and has made my face swell my question is, is it cancerous?

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