Small study showed high accuracy but hurdles remain, two experts said
by Violet00 on Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:20 PM
Hi my name is Violet... I live in Miami Florida about 3 months ago I discovered a lump on the left side of my neck... I was so busy with my family, work, and school work that I paid no mind to it. One morning I decided to go to the urgent care center near by. The doctor that examined me told me, that the lump of my neck felt like enlarged lymph nodes. He then said that he did not see any signs of infection as I also told him I have'nt been sick. He told me I should see a specialist urgently, and referred me to an E.N.T. after waiting 2 weeks for my appt date, the day finally came. The ENT examined me then said that he thought it was something muscular, related to my spine....! but since he wasn't 100% sure he ordered two tests, Ultra sound and CT scan. While having the ultra sound the technician called in the Radiology doctor who also came in to perform the exam herself, she told me the doctor was incorrect, and what I ave where abnormal enlarged lymph nodes.. Went for my CT scan and the results read the different sizes of the lymph nodes, and an impression of possible neoplastic lymphadenopathy. Once the ENT received those results, he ordered a biopsy FNA. While in the procedure room I heard the doctor say that there was a suspicious node and he wanted to take samples of it.. that node is located right above my collar bone (left side) I am now awaiting for the biopsy results, and as you may imagine I am terrified.
by gerrypotter on Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:32 PM
Hi Violet, if I was worried about having Lymphoma I would take salvestrols as a precaution and they helped a friend of my mothers who had lumps in her neck that dissapeared within 3 months of taking these supplements.
by Violet00 on Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:38 PM
Thank You Gerrypotter... I will certainly look into that!
by Razorbackmom on Fri Apr 27, 2012 04:55 AM
My daughter is about to start treatment for Stage II Hodgkins Lymphoma. In January she had a lump come up on her neck as well. Sounds like the same place as you - left side. In March her doctor ordered a CT Scan immediately and they found enlarged lymph nodes in her neck and chest. She has since had a biopsy that confirmed her cancer. She is finishing up her freshman year in college and will start her first chemo treatment next Thursday. Noone wants to hear that they have cancer, but we have been told by many people that this is the cancer that you want to have because it is curable.
This is all new to us as well. Email me if you want any advice or need someone to talk to. Even though I am just her support and her mother, I feel like I too will be going through all of the treatments with her to make her better - that is my job as her mother. To do whatever it takes to make her well.
The one thing that we did do that someone gave us advice on was to get a second opinion. We loved both doctors and they had the same diagnosis and treatment plan for her, however our 2nd opinion doctor really talked with her in detail about her and her cancer. Not about how he will treat the disease and how he has treated other patients, but really focused on my daughter. This in itself gave my daughter a lot of comfort, so did her father and I.
Prayers are with you and hoping that your biopsy comes back negative.
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