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Do cancerous and noncancerous supraclavicular lymph nodes have different hardness or texture?

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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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