Re: Will a CT Scan show Lymphoma/Anything nasty
About a year ago I noticed a small fixed lump in the back of my neck. Went to the GP and was told to monitor it. A couple of months later, I discovered another few lumps in my neck (these were moveable) and noticed that my lymph nodes in my groin on both sides, were enlarged. Decided to go back to a different GP and was referred. I had lots of blood tests done and a CT scan, both of which came back clear. Is there any way that I could still have anything nasty if both showed the all clear. Since I have noticed another few lumps.
Any advice would be appreciated
I would definatly keep pushing the Doctors. Now a days you have to play a very active role in your health care. Also know and trust your feelings, it saved my life. I had a gut feeling something wasn't right. I am a 2x NHL survivor, and I feel I am because I kept pushing the Doctors for answers. Not to scare you, but both times I had misdiagnosis. Things happen, people make mistakes. I would give the Doctor a call and clarify what he said, because if your lymph nodes were swollen at the time, they would definatly show up on the CT Scan. A common practice is to order the CT Scan with and without contrast, along with a PET Scan, and blood work. That is the most comprehensive way to test for Lymphoma, but more expensive test for the Doctors to do. So they usually choose the least inexpensive test/s, first. Also, Lymphomas are most responsive to treatments when they are in their active stage (growing quickly). So if it is a slow growing type of Lymphoma the Doctors will wait to treat it until it starts growing quickly. Many Cancers can be diagnosed with blood tests alone, but with Lymphoma this is not the case. The 1st time I had NH Lymphoma I had a lump on the back of my head on the R side, that would come and go for about 6 months, then in a matter of about 3 weeks, it tripled its size, and 3 additional lumps appeared on my head and neck area. And the second time I had NHL it was 5 years later in my R side groin. I had a mixed cell Lymphoma, where 50% of the matter in the cells was and indolent/slow growing and 50% was agressive/fast growing. Thus explaining the behavior of the lumps appearing. There are hundreds of lymph nodes throughout your body and if you have a serious infection you can also have swelling in many lymph nodes, not always a sign of Cancer. Hope this helps.
Last edited by memyselfandI9; 02-27-2009 at 03:45 PM.