Categorizing tumors by cell type and not the organ they grow in may alter treatment, experts say
by Mitch_Cruz on Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:00 AM
by Amnia on Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:00 AM
by speed0147 on Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:00 AM
Hi, I have the same symptom. I have actually two of them; one located on my jaw, next to my ear and on my left body side, rib cage area. I have an appointment with my Primare Care and we'll see what the doctor will say about it. I'll keep in touch.
On 8/15/2006 Amnia wrote:lymph node enlargement doesn't have to be cancer. If the nodes in your neck are enlarged it may be from an infection due to a sore throat or a bad tooth or gingivitis. If the nodes in your groin are enlarged, it could be from chlamydia or gonorrhea. Where on your left side are the involved lymph nodes? On the other hand, enlarged lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy) can also be lymphoma. If you have enlarged lymph nodes in several different regions of your body (diffuse lymphadenopathy) then the odds increase that it may indeed be lymphoma. However, you are not going to figure it out sitting at home reading message boards. The first step is for you to see your primary care doctor. She may decide to do a cbc (blood test) and try antibiotics for a week or two in case it is an infection. If you are very concerned that it is lymphoma, ask for a blood test called a beta-2 microglobulin and perhaps a referral to a surgeon or an interventional radiologist (they use skinnier needles) for a biopsy of one of the involved lymph nodes. other options would be a PET scan and/or a referral to see an oncologist. You may want to write down the words "beta 2 microglobulin" on a piece of paper and so you do not forget, hand it to your doctor as soon as she walks in the room. beta 2 microglobulin is usually high in lymphoma. (that's the blood test I mentioned above.) I hope it turns out to be nothing, -Amnia
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