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Tommy212
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posted 10-04-2003 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tommy212     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had a lump under my chin for several years, it is soft to the touch. I visited a doctor and she said it was just a lymph node. I feel i should get a second opinion about this because she was quick to judge. But i do need to know something if anyone can answer. If the lump is cancerous, what is it suppose to feel like, i heard hard and its suppose to hurt etc. Can anyone tell me what a cancerous lymph node suppose to feel like? thanks.

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lakeshill
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posted 10-11-2003 01:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lakeshill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Generally speaking, malignant lymph nodes are painless snd can feel relatively solid. If you are concerned you may want to get a second opinion.

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posted 10-16-2003 01:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RobinG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have exactly the same symptoms. My lump has been around for about 4 years.

I went to the doctor a couple weeks ago (a friend's mother died from cancer -- got me scared) and they did a doppler ultrasound test on it.

The test showed that it was an enlarged lymph node -- nothing to worry about my doctor said.

I've done some research on it, and he is probably right. The doppler is supposed to be a "never miss" tool for detecting this sort of thing. Add to that, that I don't have any of the main symptoms for cancer (weight loss, coughing blood, etc...) I suspect everything is just fine.

I *am* going to seek a second opinion. I think it is always a good thing to do in life or death situations. Of course, looking for a confirmation that everything is fine is much easier on the nerves than looking for a confirmation of a problem....

Now, that aside, the question that comes to mind is why is the lymph node enlarged? As I understand it, the lymphatic system responds to infection or general health problems. What sort of infection or health problem could I have had for four years?

The way to answer that question is usually to examine the medical history. In my case, I have always had a bit of a tickle in my throat that causes me to clear it fairly often, and I've never really known what causes it. I've decided it's time to find out. I *suspect* it might be food alergy related. I've noticed it gets worse after having dairy products. Since I drink about 2 litres of milk a day, if I do have a slight alergy to dairy products, I could see where that might get my immune system cranky.

So, long story, well, long - I think my enlarged node might be in response to a food alergy, and not cancer. The tests so far seem to show that it isn't cancerous, so that's a relief, but I am curious to see if I can find out what is causing the lymph node to enlarge. Hopefully I can find a doctor who is willing to explore that with me.

Bottom line, I would at least have some tests run. If you can get the ultrasound doppler, it seems to be the best test out there for this kind of thing. If not, I think a CT or MRI is your next best bet, but keep going to doctors until someone does a test on it.

Good luck!

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posted 10-16-2003 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hklover29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm 18 years old and I've had a lump under my chin as well - I actually came to this site just now to post about it. I've noticed it there for about 8 months, maybe a year - very occassionally it feels a little sensitive, but other than that it is painless. Anyways, today I felt that sensitivity, and for some reason I went and searched on the Internet, about cancers of the neck and so forth, and now I'm terrified. I haven't seen a doctor about this, and I feel like I'm going to have a panic attack. What are the chances that this is cancer? I just don't know if I can get myself to go to the doctor. I don't know what I would do if it turns out there is a serious problem. Please, someone tell me something positive? Also - my Mom says that she had this same problem when she was younger, and she had to have surgery and have it removed since it swelled up. But she was allergic to alot of things, which might have made it swell up? She also says her mom has the same thing, but she is healthy and 85 years old with no problems.

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RobinG
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posted 10-17-2003 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RobinG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Honestly, the chances it is cancer are very slim. In all liklihood it is simply an enlarged lymph node and nothing to worry about.

That being said, if for no other reason than your own peace of mind, go get it checked out. The tests are quick and painless.

As for why it is enlarged, there are lots of reasons for that too -- most of them centered around an infection (like a bad tooth) or an allergy.

I understand the terror. Really, I do. But let me tell you, you will feel a ton better after you find out what it really is. And if by some chance it does turn out to be cancer, your odds of beating it go way up if you get at it early.

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