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Old 06-07-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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Enlarged Mesenteric Lymph Nodes

I am going to try to briefly explain my situation and see if anyone else has dealt with or is dealing with a similar situation.
About 3 years ago I had a CT scan done of my abdomen for urinary problems.
Nothing came of it except they found mildly enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes (which are in the stomach). Since that time I have had a few more CT scans and then 2 PET/CT scans more recently. No conclusive evidence of anything at this time. I have no other symptoms either. Don't really know what to think. But I do think about cancer all the time and whether this could be just the beginning of something much more serious. I have been to a very good cancer center and the doctors there are saying lets just wait and rescan in 6 mos and see what happens then. I am a 7 year breast cancer survivor as well. They claim these enlarged lymph nodes are not due to metatasic spread (sorry if misspelled). I have also read where constant CT scans are not good for your health. But you have to retest to be certain there is no significant changes. Just wondering if anyone may have some input for me on this. I think my headaches are from stress.

 
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:48 PM   #2
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Re: Enlarged Mesenteric Lymph Nodes

It was during a ct scan for a pain in my left lower abdomen that my enlarged nodes were found in my mesentery. Due to the size and formation the radiologist suspected I either had lymphoma or leukemia and a biopsy proved I had lymphoma. I would think that your doctors do not suspect lymphoma or they would have carried out a biopsy. Maybe too the size of the nodes does not justify further investigation. Enlarged nodes can be caused by other conditions such as infection. Even for people diagnosed with lymphoma, a watch and wait approach is often recommended if there are no symptoms. I can understand your concern especially as a breast cancer survivor (congratulations!) It is said that too many scans are not good either but sometimes they are necessary to monitor conditions and we have to weigh up the advantages against the disadvantages. Do keep us updated on how you are. ....anxiety and stress are not fun!
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:54 AM   #3
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Re: Enlarged Mesenteric Lymph Nodes

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It was during a ct scan for a pain in my left lower abdomen that my enlarged nodes were found in my mesentery. Due to the size and formation the radiologist suspected I either had lymphoma or leukemia and a biopsy proved I had lymphoma. I would think that your doctors do not suspect lymphoma or they would have carried out a biopsy. Maybe too the size of the nodes does not justify further investigation. Enlarged nodes can be caused by other conditions such as infection. Even for people diagnosed with lymphoma, a watch and wait approach is often recommended if there are no symptoms. I can understand your concern especially as a breast cancer survivor (congratulations!) It is said that too many scans are not good either but sometimes they are necessary to monitor conditions and we have to weigh up the advantages against the disadvantages. Do keep us updated on how you are. ....anxiety and stress are not fun!
Hi Just wondered how you are doing & what treatment you have received? My husband sounds very similar to you. Has had Follicular Lymphoma 3 tumors in abdomen, had R-CVP for 6 months, plus Rituximab every 2 months & all clear for 11 months.

Recent cat scan shows large mass at root of intestine (I am guessing it is the Mesentery as its the only thing I have come up with that specifically refers to a 'root'). He is having biopsy & lumbar puncture tomorrow and we would really like to know what they have treated you with & how you are feeling?

The specialist says can't operate suggesting using R-CHOP.

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Old 03-27-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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Re: Enlarged Mesenteric Lymph Nodes

Hello! In response to your inquiry, I am still in the diagnosis state. I still receive periodic Pet/Ct scans and things have been progressing very slowly so far. I see my doctor again on April 30th and will probably go for another Pet scan then. Have been doing ok otherwise. The best of luck to your husband with this treatment. Will get back to you when I find something new out. Hopefully, nothing bad.

 
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:32 AM   #5
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Re: Enlarged Mesenteric Lymph Nodes

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Hi Just wondered how you are doing & what treatment you have received? My husband sounds very similar to you. Has had Follicular Lymphoma 3 tumors in abdomen, had R-CVP for 6 months, plus Rituximab every 2 months & all clear for 11 months.

Recent cat scan shows large mass at root of intestine (I am guessing it is the Mesentery as its the only thing I have come up with that specifically refers to a 'root'). He is having biopsy & lumbar puncture tomorrow and we would really like to know what they have treated you with & how you are feeling?

The specialist says can't operate suggesting using R-CHOP.
Sorry for the delay in responding. I do not check the boards as regularly as I should! I am sorry that it appears your husband has had a relapse. I have been so lucky with a long remission, coming up to seven years! Each year I have a scan and they continue to show no signs of recurrence. When I was treated in 2006 I had Fludarabine, Cytoxan and Rituximab for six months. Since then however, new meds have come onto the market, one being Bendamustine, which my oncologist would probably try if I have to have further treatment at any time. How did the biopsy and lumbar puncture go? Do keep us updated. I will check in often now!
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