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If a swollen lymph node is painful, does that mean it isn't cancer?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
Most swollen lymph nodes are not cancerous, they are reactive or inflammatory.
By that fact most lymph nodes that are tender will be benign. Unfortunately, a small percentage will still be malignant. If you are worried please see your doctor.

In brief: Not necessarily
Most swollen lymph nodes are not cancerous, they are reactive or inflammatory.
By that fact most lymph nodes that are tender will be benign. Unfortunately, a small percentage will still be malignant. If you are worried please see your doctor.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Evert Eriksson
Usually cancerous lymph nodes are not tender to touch. You shold however have every abnormal lymph node evaluated.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Not necessarily. A lymph node that rapidly enlarges can be painful.

In brief: No
Not necessarily. A lymph node that rapidly enlarges can be painful.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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