Re: Scan results...what's it mean?
A vascular mass means a big lump of blood vessels, or a tumor composed of lots of blood vessels (or originating from blood vessels). A neurogenic tumor would be a tumor that originated from a nerve. I think the cervical chain has something to do with nerves.
When you have a tumor (or an infection), cells from the tumor get taken up by lymph vessels, and then collect in lymph nodes, which cause the nodes to enlarge.
You should probably ask the surgeon if you should be worried. Ask what types of tumors it could be, what is most likely, what the possible outcomes/courses of action are.
They want to do a large incision so that they can get a clear view of the area and make sure that they get the entire tumor and any affected lymph nodes. So most likely the course of events will be that they will do the surgery, take out any lymph nodes that look like they may have wayward cells in them (at this point they may have a pathologist do a quick examination of the things that they have removed so they know what they are dealing with and how aggressive they should be in removal). Then, they will send off the tumor and lymph nodes to the lab for thorough biopsy and pathology examination. Then any further treatment will be discussed. Of course, that is just a rough outline.... You should really ask the surgeon about that.
Definitely make a list of all of the questions that you have for the surgeon. Anything from what they think it is and what outcome they expect to what kind of hospital stay to what kind of anesthesia to risks of surgery. Anything that you are worried about. There are NO stupid questions! If you don't understand an answer, ask them to explain it to you so that you do understand. Take a not***** (and preferably a family member or friend) to write down and help you remember the answers.
Wishing the best of luck to you at your appointment tomorrow! Let us know how it goes.