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So if someone has lymphoma or even another cancer that spread to their lymph nodes. Don't the lymph nodes grow and become hard and firm?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
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In brief: They can

If enough tumor gets involved, they can get hard.
However, small metastases may not be detected except by biopsy. Cancer diagnosis and treatment will involve biopsy, blood draw and imaging studies.

In brief: They can

If enough tumor gets involved, they can get hard.
However, small metastases may not be detected except by biopsy. Cancer diagnosis and treatment will involve biopsy, blood draw and imaging studies.
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Dr. Agos Luca
Pathology

In brief: Usually yes

Indeed, lymph nodes involved by lymphoma or any other type of cancer (metastases) are usually significantly larger than normal and have a hard, rubbery consistency; however, if the involvement is minimal, the lymph node may still appear normal.

In brief: Usually yes

Indeed, lymph nodes involved by lymphoma or any other type of cancer (metastases) are usually significantly larger than normal and have a hard, rubbery consistency; however, if the involvement is minimal, the lymph node may still appear normal.
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