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Can a second lymph node biopsy show cancer has left my body entirely?
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Unclear question
Tumors usually spread form the primary site to local lymph nodes and to the rest of the body.
What was the status of the first lymph node? If it had cancer, you are at risk of cancer cells in the rest of the body. A second node with tumor makes matter worse, but if the second node is negative, it does not mean that there is no cancer in the body.

In brief: Unclear question
Tumors usually spread form the primary site to local lymph nodes and to the rest of the body.
What was the status of the first lymph node? If it had cancer, you are at risk of cancer cells in the rest of the body. A second node with tumor makes matter worse, but if the second node is negative, it does not mean that there is no cancer in the body.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
While it is true that the presence of cancer cells in a lymph node (ln) may indicate cancer cells elsewhere in the body (thereby warranting chemorx), the absence of cancer cells post-treatment cannot be used to assume that there is no residual cancer elsewhere.
There are hundreds of lymph nodes in your body--one normal node will not reflect what may be present elsewhere.

In brief: No
While it is true that the presence of cancer cells in a lymph node (ln) may indicate cancer cells elsewhere in the body (thereby warranting chemorx), the absence of cancer cells post-treatment cannot be used to assume that there is no residual cancer elsewhere.
There are hundreds of lymph nodes in your body--one normal node will not reflect what may be present elsewhere.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Muhammad-ali Zaydan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Lumphoma follow up
There is no test in medicine that can give you a 100 % yes or no answer. However, usually in treatment of lymphoma, and after completion of therapy, if there are any residual ( remaining) lymph nodes on a ct scan, a biopsy of one of these nodes is done to check if there is still active disease or these lymph nodes are just scared tissue.
This is the standard of care.

In brief: Lumphoma follow up
There is no test in medicine that can give you a 100 % yes or no answer. However, usually in treatment of lymphoma, and after completion of therapy, if there are any residual ( remaining) lymph nodes on a ct scan, a biopsy of one of these nodes is done to check if there is still active disease or these lymph nodes are just scared tissue.
This is the standard of care.
Dr. Muhammad-ali Zaydan
Dr. Muhammad-ali Zaydan
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