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Old 01-17-2005, 08:55 PM   #1
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Nodes That Grow and Shrink...

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Old 01-17-2005, 09:54 PM   #2
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Re: Nodes That Grow and Shrink...

I was told that cancer do not shrink, anyone can second that?

 
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Old 01-25-2005, 02:09 PM   #3
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Re: Nodes That Grow and Shrink...

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Re: Nodes That Grow and Shrink...

someone gotta second my response...

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Old 02-08-2005, 05:36 PM   #5
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Re: Nodes That Grow and Shrink...

No, cancer does not shrink. I know this from having a lymph node on my neck that they were almost positive was lymphoma. They even tried to do fine needle aspiration to get an initial reading and it was so necrotized, they couldn't even get fluid out of it. The biopsy was scheduled for about five days later and during that time it totally shrunk back down to almost normal size and this thing was so huge you could actually see it jutting out of my neck. And I honestly did not know how long it had been there because I have long hair and it was kind of near the nape of my neck toward the back. I also bath using a bath puff so I didn't even feel it while bathing. Anyway, very scary. But it did shrink and after that wierdness we were told that it was "consistent with a reactive process" and that cancer definitely does not shrink on it's own. Hope this helps.

 
Old 02-09-2005, 12:37 AM   #6
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Re: Nodes That Grow and Shrink...

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Hello all, for a few years now I have a had a swollen lymph node under my left ear just above my jawline. It often grows and then shrinks back down again almost on a weekly basis. I find that it is somewhat related to any acne breakouts I have in that general area of my face. I was just wondering if I should be worried about Lymphoma, or can that be ruled out entirely due to the fluctuation in the size of the node?
Actually there are cases in which lymph nodes do swell and then reduce and are still cancerous. The lymph node is a trashcan for impurities in the body. The lymph system circulates just like blood circulates. The job of the lymph node is to trap the bad stuff, eat it, or store it away from the rest of the blood or tissue. So, in this sense, the lymph node can swell while doing its work, reactive, and still have cancerous cells in it which are being trapped, like they are supposed to be. It becomes a crisis when the lymph node is not able to quarantine the cancerous cells and they leak into the blood stream and make their way to say, the liver, and set up house keeping using the liver tissue for fuel. So, Yes, the lymph nodes can react due to cancerous cells, and then contain the growth to just the lymph node. There may be one lymph node in the whole body that has cancer. That is called cancer in situ. and it is curable with the right treatment. (This is a very simplistic explanation.)

 
Old 02-13-2005, 03:03 AM   #7
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Re: Nodes That Grow and Shrink...

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Actually there are cases in which lymph nodes do swell and then reduce and are still cancerous. The lymph node is a trashcan for impurities in the body. The lymph system circulates just like blood circulates. The job of the lymph node is to trap the bad stuff, eat it, or store it away from the rest of the blood or tissue. So, in this sense, the lymph node can swell while doing its work, reactive, and still have cancerous cells in it which are being trapped, like they are supposed to be. It becomes a crisis when the lymph node is not able to quarantine the cancerous cells and they leak into the blood stream and make their way to say, the liver, and set up house keeping using the liver tissue for fuel. So, Yes, the lymph nodes can react due to cancerous cells, and then contain the growth to just the lymph node. There may be one lymph node in the whole body that has cancer. That is called cancer in situ. and it is curable with the right treatment. (This is a very simplistic explanation.)
I would say in the case of lymphomas, though, this is EXTREMELY rare. Lymph nodes that do grow and shrink (especially if you are prone to infections, etc) is generally a very positive sign.

 
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