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Do cancerous and noncancerous supraclavicular lymph nodes have different hardness or texture?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Cancer - harder
Generally nodes with cancer are harder, however, it is not a finding to hang one's hat on.
Definitive diagnosis needs removal of the tissue and examination by a pathologist.

In brief: Cancer - harder
Generally nodes with cancer are harder, however, it is not a finding to hang one's hat on.
Definitive diagnosis needs removal of the tissue and examination by a pathologist.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. David Rizzieri
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
They can have different feels and textures however this is not conclusive and a further work up and possibly a biopsy would be needed.

In brief: Maybe
They can have different feels and textures however this is not conclusive and a further work up and possibly a biopsy would be needed.
Dr. David Rizzieri
Dr. David Rizzieri
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Dr. Carl Van Wey
Radiation Oncology
In brief: Sometimes
In general, cancerous lymph nodes are enlarged and firm or hard, while enlarged lymph from, say, infection, are softer and generally, but not always, tender.

In brief: Sometimes
In general, cancerous lymph nodes are enlarged and firm or hard, while enlarged lymph from, say, infection, are softer and generally, but not always, tender.
Dr. Carl Van Wey
Dr. Carl Van Wey
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