Lump on right side of neck. CAT Scan

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RE: Lump on right side of neck. CAT Scan

by donnawiggles on Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:28 PM

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On Nov 06, 2008 12:00 AM Silentabyss wrote:

 

On 10/23/2008 AngelaZ wrote:

Hi,

I found a largish lump on the right side of my neck about a month and a half to 2 months ago. It has not changed in size as of yet.  I googled lump on side of neck and kept comming up with 2 possibilities, an infection or cancer. That scared me terribly, so I decided to wait a while and see what happens with it. Well, I finally went to the Dr. today and mentioned the lump on my neck. He felt it, and said that it "could" be because of an infection but since it has not went away and I have had it for at least six weeks he couldnt be positive. He then mentioned that it could be a cyst or a tumor. Then he mentioned Lymphoma. He said the likelihood of it being cancer was low. He then said I could wait a "while" (whatever that means) to see if it goes away or I could go ahead and schedule a cat scan. I, of course went ahead and scheduled a CAT scan. God knows I dont't want to hear the words cancer once I get the results but I am so worried that it is because the lump does not hurt, and no matter how much I try I can't get it to move.  I'm terrified, I have 3 small children ranging from 5 years to 6 months old, and i'm basically just freaking out on the inside. I have no other symptoms other than this lump on my neck.

I don't know what to do or think or what the chance of it being cancer is (even though the doc I saw said it was a low chance). Wouldnt he have given me an antibiotic or something if he thought it was an infection?

Has anyone else been through this before?  I'm scared, and would just like to hear others' opinions and experiences.

Thanks,

Angela

 ps. I am not sure when the cat scan is yet. They are supposed to call me with the date.


Hi Angela,

I just recently went to the doctor with a lump on the back of my neck.  The lump has been there a while but i just never thought anything of it. The lump is about the size of a golf ball.  I guess over time it has been growing slowly and one moring i woke up and thought this isn't right so i went to my doctor. My Doctor doesn't think there is anything to be worried about.  He is sending me to a specialist to take a look at it and hopefully remove it.  The doctor mentined that the lump is Lymphoma and that the specialist will remove it and that there is a strong chance that it will grow back.  It may take years but it will come back. 

At this point i am terrified.  All i can think about is I have cancer.  I have a 7 year old daughter and she still needs her mother.  I've been searching the web trying to find information about what Lymphoma is? and how it is treated?  I'm still waiting to have my appointment with the speacialist.  In the mean time i'm scared and i don't know what to expect.  Its hard not to worry.  I lost my father to cancer when i was 6 years old and i can't have my daughter go though loosing a parent like i did.  I hope when i see the specialist i will be able to find out for sure what the lump is.

I am generally a very healthy person and i have no other symptoms but this lump.  I am scared too.  I hope all turns out okay for the both of us.

 Nicole

Hi Angela and Nicole. I also have a fairly large lump on the right side of my neck. I mentioned it to my family doctor and he sent me for blood work and a chest x-ray right away. They were clear. Then off to a hematoligist who sent me for a mammagram, a cat scan of the chest, abdoment, and pelvis. Plus an appointment with a ENT. He included in the cat scan a head and neck scan. He also did a biospy of the lump. The cat scan is clear thank God. Still waiting for the biopsy. The first one was lost ??? I had the second one last week - it will take 2 or 3 weeks for the results. Scared but hoping and Praying for the best. Good Luck to all Love Donna 

RE: Lump on right side of neck. CAT Scan

by dswift9999 on Sat Mar 26, 2011 01:09 AM

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I started out with hearing lost in left ear and went to an ETN doctor whom I have been under the care of for five years, I had pain in my inner ear and neck so bad that it made me cry and I ended up in the hospital 3 different times! I have seen 9 different doctors and none of them knew anything to tell me about what was wrong. My back doctor found a spot on my thyroid and I had to go back to the ENT I had already seen several times. He removed 1/2 my thyroid in May of 2010, it showed a follicular adenoma which is benign, 5 months later I had a swollen lympnode in my left side of my neck, right about where the pain had been for the whole five years, guess what they treated me with an antiboties for 14 days and it didn't go away, he then scheduled me for needle biopsy and guess what maybe lymphoma? Did surgery and it was NH Lymphoma. My doctor said I'm sorry tell her that I don't think she is crazy anymore, to my family who was in the waiting room, so please if you have any swollen lymph nodes that don't go away don't give up keep pressing to get them checked, blood work did not show a thing and hardly even the biopsy did, it showed maybe? I have been through hell and thank God I finally know, but I am scared too and I am going to a cancer center now and I am on a watch and wait situation, but someday I will have to have chemo and radiation and not looking forward to it at all:( Everyone tells you to not worry about it and sometimes when you talk about it with other people they don't understand and they act like they don't want to listen and like your just a winer, but that is all you want to do is cry because now you know you have cancer, you want to just quit your job and live life to the fullest, but you can't because you need the insurance! So I just go to work and just barely make it through the day and all I do is come home and just die because I'm so tired, you can't sleep good at night because of the night sweats, I get cold and then hot, I don't fell good and mine is just grade 2 which means 2 lymph nodes and it's stage 1 because it's only above the diaphram, but I can't enjoy my life anymore and I just pray I live to see my grandchildren, and thank you lord for letting me live to raise my children because to all of you who are raising children and who are children I pray for you that your life will be healthy and happy. This information is for all you who are wondering because it's nice to read about others stories too.....I am 50 and I have three children, 28, 23, and 19 girl, girl, and a boy, there all very smart and they don't understand how bad this can be:(

RE: Lump on right side of neck. CAT Scan

by dswift9999 on Sat Mar 26, 2011 01:11 AM

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On Mar 26, 2011 1:09 AM dswift9999 wrote:

I started out with hearing lost in left ear and went to an ETN doctor whom I have been under the care of for five years, I had pain in my inner ear and neck so bad that it made me cry and I ended up in the hospital 3 different times! I have seen 9 different doctors and none of them knew anything to tell me about what was wrong. My back doctor found a spot on my thyroid and I had to go back to the ENT I had already seen several times. He removed 1/2 my thyroid in May of 2010, it showed a follicular adenoma which is benign, 5 months later I had a swollen lympnode in my left side of my neck, right about where the pain had been for the whole five years, guess what they treated me with an antiboties for 14 days and it didn't go away, he then scheduled me for needle biopsy and guess what maybe lymphoma? Did surgery and it was NH Lymphoma. My doctor said I'm sorry tell her that I don't think she is crazy anymore, to my family who was in the waiting room, so please if you have any swollen lymph nodes that don't go away don't give up keep pressing to get them checked, blood work did not show a thing and hardly even the biopsy did, it showed maybe? I have been through hell and thank God I finally know, but I am scared too and I am going to a cancer center now and I am on a watch and wait situation, but someday I will have to have chemo and radiation and not looking forward to it at all:( Everyone tells you to not worry about it and sometimes when you talk about it with other people they don't understand and they act like they don't want to listen and like your just a winer, but that is all you want to do is cry because now you know you have cancer, you want to just quit your job and live life to the fullest, but you can't because you need the insurance! So I just go to work and just barely make it through the day and all I do is come home and just die because I'm so tired, you can't sleep good at night because of the night sweats, I get cold and then hot, I don't fell good and mine is just grade 2 which means 2 lymph nodes and it's stage 1 because it's only above the diaphram, but I can't enjoy my life anymore and I just pray I live to see my grandchildren, and thank you lord for letting me live to raise my children because to all of you who are raising children and who are children I pray for you that your life will be healthy and happy. This information is for all you who are wondering because it's nice to read about others stories too.....I am 50 and I have three children, 28, 23, and 19 girl, girl, and a boy, there all very smart and they don't understand how bad this can be:(

Please let me know if you have any questions because I will help if I can?

RE: Lump on right side of neck. CAT Scan

by wanda79 on Sun Jul 24, 2011 05:25 AM

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Hi I found a lump under my right ear about a week ago looked it up online said it could be swollen lymph node now this week found one on the right side of my neck gettin scared now I have a 7 year old who needs her mom I don't know what to do

RE: Lump on right side of neck. CAT Scan

by ContradictionAm on Sun Jan 08, 2012 03:46 AM

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On Mar 26, 2011 1:11 AM dswift9999 wrote:

On Mar 26, 2011 1:09 AM dswift9999 wrote:

I started out with hearing lost in left ear and went to an ETN doctor whom I have been under the care of for five years, I had pain in my inner ear and neck so bad that it made me cry and I ended up in the hospital 3 different times! I have seen 9 different doctors and none of them knew anything to tell me about what was wrong. My back doctor found a spot on my thyroid and I had to go back to the ENT I had already seen several times. He removed 1/2 my thyroid in May of 2010, it showed a follicular adenoma which is benign, 5 months later I had a swollen lympnode in my left side of my neck, right about where the pain had been for the whole five years, guess what they treated me with an antiboties for 14 days and it didn't go away, he then scheduled me for needle biopsy and guess what maybe lymphoma? Did surgery and it was NH Lymphoma. My doctor said I'm sorry tell her that I don't think she is crazy anymore, to my family who was in the waiting room, so please if you have any swollen lymph nodes that don't go away don't give up keep pressing to get them checked, blood work did not show a thing and hardly even the biopsy did, it showed maybe? I have been through hell and thank God I finally know, but I am scared too and I am going to a cancer center now and I am on a watch and wait situation, but someday I will have to have chemo and radiation and not looking forward to it at all:( Everyone tells you to not worry about it and sometimes when you talk about it with other people they don't understand and they act like they don't want to listen and like your just a winer, but that is all you want to do is cry because now you know you have cancer, you want to just quit your job and live life to the fullest, but you can't because you need the insurance! So I just go to work and just barely make it through the day and all I do is come home and just die because I'm so tired, you can't sleep good at night because of the night sweats, I get cold and then hot, I don't fell good and mine is just grade 2 which means 2 lymph nodes and it's stage 1 because it's only above the diaphram, but I can't enjoy my life anymore and I just pray I live to see my grandchildren, and thank you lord for letting me live to raise my children because to all of you who are raising children and who are children I pray for you that your life will be healthy and happy. This information is for all you who are wondering because it's nice to read about others stories too.....I am 50 and I have three children, 28, 23, and 19 girl, girl, and a boy, there all very smart and they don't understand how bad this can be:(

Please let me know if you have any questions because I will help if I can?

How are you doing now? Your story proves how much we need to trust purselves & our instinct. Doctors are often limited to what they learn in school. They don't live in our skin, we do.

RE: Lump on right side of neck. CAT Scan

by dswift9999 on Mon Jan 09, 2012 06:12 PM

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I am doing awesome right now!! I had to go through my treatment this past August 2011 for 30 days, I had radiation to the neck only, I went from one cancer center in Louisville to a 2nd option in Texas(MD Anderson) at the best cancer center in the world and I can verify that now because they were awesome!! I needed treatment the minute the tumor came out and one cancer center didn't seem to think so, so I went for a second option and sure enough it did!! So I moved closer to home and I am now being treated at Vandy in Nashville, I am going ever three months still but I went from one tumor cut out and having one still there right next to it, to having 2 more pop up 6 months later so I was treated for those tumors in my neck and now I have no tumors, it killed my other 1/2 of my tyroid so I have no tyroid now, but I am on medicine and I feel 100% better, I didn't feel good for about 5 months after treatment because of that, I have some nerve damage from the surgery I had that was causing severe pain in my neck, shoulder and chest, but I am on Lyrica and MD Anderson saw that when they did the PET scan, which by the way the other cancer center in Louisville never did! So everything is great now, with treatment my cancer is gone and meds to help with other medical issues!!! Thanks for asking and I hope you are doing great also:) No more hot flashes either!!!

RE: Lump on right side of neck. CAT Scan

by Knxgrl on Sun Jan 15, 2012 04:07 AM

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On Jan 09, 2012 6:12 PM dswift9999 wrote:

I am doing awesome right now!! I had to go through my treatment this past August 2011 for 30 days, I had radiation to the neck only, I went from one cancer center in Louisville to a 2nd option in Texas(MD Anderson) at the best cancer center in the world and I can verify that now because they were awesome!! I needed treatment the minute the tumor came out and one cancer center didn't seem to think so, so I went for a second option and sure enough it did!! So I moved closer to home and I am now being treated at Vandy in Nashville, I am going ever three months still but I went from one tumor cut out and having one still there right next to it, to having 2 more pop up 6 months later so I was treated for those tumors in my neck and now I have no tumors, it killed my other 1/2 of my tyroid so I have no tyroid now, but I am on medicine and I feel 100% better, I didn't feel good for about 5 months after treatment because of that, I have some nerve damage from the surgery I had that was causing severe pain in my neck, shoulder and chest, but I am on Lyrica and MD Anderson saw that when they did the PET scan, which by the way the other cancer center in Louisville never did! So everything is great now, with treatment my cancer is gone and meds to help with other medical issues!!! Thanks for asking and I hope you are doing great also:) No more hot flashes either!!!

I was reading through this thread because I found a lump at the back of my neck (painless and like a frozen pea that doesn't move) at my hairline around the same time I started getting a really bad cough (which has come and gone over the years but no doctors have been able to tell me why). I'm still coughing so bad that my throat is getting raw :( This was three weeks ago. Now in the past ten days I've had a tiny hard one in the soft spot behind my left ear, one on the left side of the back of my neck (also around my hairline), and today one in the middle of my left side neck. I've also been having EXCRUCIATING headaches that come out of nowhere only on the left side of my head that feel like my eye is being shoved out of my socket. Your post caught my attention because you mentioned your hearing!! I attributed my left ear ringing and muffledness to a loud gunshot too close to me on thanksgiving but lately when my head starts hurting both ears feel pressurized. I've been sweating enough at night that my shirt is damp, but not soaked like I've been reading on the web. The last couple times I've tried to go out and have a couple glasses of wine with my girlfriends it's almost like I've been poisoned for the next two days. I've lost 6 pounds in the last week (from 134 to 128). I'm not really hungry. 

I have my first regular physical scheduled for Monday morning but I'm not really wanting to say anything about this to my dr bc he always looks at me like I'm a hypochondriac if I say something's bothering me! I'll mention it to him because I'm a little scared (I'm 36 w 2 teenaged boys who already lost their father 7 yrs ago) but will something show up in a regular physical? Is there something specific I need to tell him to do (since I'm the one paying for Pete's sake! LOL)??? Am I worrying over nothing and just letting Google get in my head?? I haven't talked to anyone about this yet, so I need whatever advice anyone can give... :)

RE: Lump on right side of neck. CAT Scan

by ContradictionAm on Sun Jan 15, 2012 07:38 AM

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On Jan 15, 2012 4:07 AM Knxgrl wrote:

On Jan 09, 2012 6:12 PM dswift9999 wrote:

I am doing awesome right now!! I had to go through my treatment this past August 2011 for 30 days, I had radiation to the neck only, I went from one cancer center in Louisville to a 2nd option in Texas(MD Anderson) at the best cancer center in the world and I can verify that now because they were awesome!! I needed treatment the minute the tumor came out and one cancer center didn't seem to think so, so I went for a second option and sure enough it did!! So I moved closer to home and I am now being treated at Vandy in Nashville, I am going ever three months still but I went from one tumor cut out and having one still there right next to it, to having 2 more pop up 6 months later so I was treated for those tumors in my neck and now I have no tumors, it killed my other 1/2 of my tyroid so I have no tyroid now, but I am on medicine and I feel 100% better, I didn't feel good for about 5 months after treatment because of that, I have some nerve damage from the surgery I had that was causing severe pain in my neck, shoulder and chest, but I am on Lyrica and MD Anderson saw that when they did the PET scan, which by the way the other cancer center in Louisville never did! So everything is great now, with treatment my cancer is gone and meds to help with other medical issues!!! Thanks for asking and I hope you are doing great also:) No more hot flashes either!!!

I was reading through this thread because I found a lump at the back of my neck (painless and like a frozen pea that doesn't move) at my hairline around the same time I started getting a really bad cough (which has come and gone over the years but no doctors have been able to tell me why). I'm still coughing so bad that my throat is getting raw :( This was three weeks ago. Now in the past ten days I've had a tiny hard one in the soft spot behind my left ear, one on the left side of the back of my neck (also around my hairline), and today one in the middle of my left side neck. I've also been having EXCRUCIATING headaches that come out of nowhere only on the left side of my head that feel like my eye is being shoved out of my socket. Your post caught my attention because you mentioned your hearing!! I attributed my left ear ringing and muffledness to a loud gunshot too close to me on thanksgiving but lately when my head starts hurting both ears feel pressurized. I've been sweating enough at night that my shirt is damp, but not soaked like I've been reading on the web. The last couple times I've tried to go out and have a couple glasses of wine with my girlfriends it's almost like I've been poisoned for the next two days. I've lost 6 pounds in the last week (from 134 to 128). I'm not really hungry. 

I have my first regular physical scheduled for Monday morning but I'm not really wanting to say anything about this to my dr bc he always looks at me like I'm a hypochondriac if I say something's bothering me! I'll mention it to him because I'm a little scared (I'm 36 w 2 teenaged boys who already lost their father 7 yrs ago) but will something show up in a regular physical? Is there something specific I need to tell him to do (since I'm the one paying for Pete's sake! LOL)??? Am I worrying over nothing and just letting Google get in my head?? I haven't talked to anyone about this yet, so I need whatever advice anyone can give... :)

If your physician acts as though he thinks you are a hypochondriac, find a new physician.  Be proactive and don't take it.  My soon-to-be ex husband is a physician and he would be the first to say to do so.  Your symptoms could very well have nothing to do with cancer (ex. night sweats - menopause,...) but, given that you don't know until you check it out, you need to look into it.  Being married to a physician, I know that I was more guilty than most about not being proactive.  However, I kept feeling as though something was not right...bulge in my neck, crazy weight gain (everyone just assumed I was eating secretly), lethargy, ... loss of hearing, one sided headaches that seemed to extend down into my back, hot flashes at night,... and it turned out I had tumors in my thyroid (not malignant).  Even my ex was not proactive (physician's families get horrible care often ... just as the cobbler's children have no shoes ;-)  Be respectful but, yes, realize you are the one paying for her/him...because of people like you, he/she has a job/career.  If your physician cannot take an appropriate amount of time with you and listen to your symptoms (who knows your body better than you?), move on.  Do not allow their "air of superiority" make you be passive and not proactive.

RE: Lump on right side of neck. CAT Scan

by ContradictionAm on Sun Jan 15, 2012 07:42 AM

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On Jan 09, 2012 6:12 PM dswift9999 wrote:

I am doing awesome right now!! I had to go through my treatment this past August 2011 for 30 days, I had radiation to the neck only, I went from one cancer center in Louisville to a 2nd option in Texas(MD Anderson) at the best cancer center in the world and I can verify that now because they were awesome!! I needed treatment the minute the tumor came out and one cancer center didn't seem to think so, so I went for a second option and sure enough it did!! So I moved closer to home and I am now being treated at Vandy in Nashville, I am going ever three months still but I went from one tumor cut out and having one still there right next to it, to having 2 more pop up 6 months later so I was treated for those tumors in my neck and now I have no tumors, it killed my other 1/2 of my tyroid so I have no tyroid now, but I am on medicine and I feel 100% better, I didn't feel good for about 5 months after treatment because of that, I have some nerve damage from the surgery I had that was causing severe pain in my neck, shoulder and chest, but I am on Lyrica and MD Anderson saw that when they did the PET scan, which by the way the other cancer center in Louisville never did! So everything is great now, with treatment my cancer is gone and meds to help with other medical issues!!! Thanks for asking and I hope you are doing great also:) No more hot flashes either!!!

I'm SO glad you are doing well!  I used to have a farm outside of Nashville and my last adopted child was born at Vanderbilt.  It sounds like you're in good hands!  God bless!

RE: Lump on right side of neck. CAT Scan

by ladycjkb9 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 07:52 AM

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Angela z,,,I also had a large lump on my neck.The first thing the Dr did was a biopsy. That is the first thing your Dr should have done.Mine is lymphoma, and I have had radiation. It has been two years since the treatment, and so far I am okey (blood wise) I am 76 years old and not in good health otherwise,( I have heart Failure),so I woud advise you not to wait....find another Dr NOW. Go to a cancer center. I am in mi, and many hopitals have them !

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