Lymphoma dagnosis by a CBC

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Lymphoma dagnosis by a CBC

by Dana91302 on Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:00 AM

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I have a family history of lymphoma.  My maternal uncle died from Hodgkin when he was 21 and my maternal grandmother died from NHL 3 years ago.  With that said, I become concerned with any lump or bump I notice.  In early December, I discovered one of my lymph nodes on my neck was swollen.  It is hard and painless to the touch.  I have not been sick and have had no dental problems that would cause an infection.  I just recently had a doctors appointment Feb 21.  My doctor said that my lymph node was only slightly swollen and she wasn't concerned at all.  It was not until I mentioned my family history that she ordered a CBC.  She also failed to ask any further questions about my health and left me no time to mention that I've had night sweats, fatique, and a sun burn looking rash on my upper chest.  She treated me like I was wasting her time and did not show any concern for my health and well being.  With that said, my CBC was normal except for my platelet count was high.  How reliable is a CBC in diagnosising Lymphoma?  Should I seek a  second opinion or ask for a biopsy? 

RE: Lymphoma dagnosis by a CBC

by Oncrx on Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:00 AM

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95% of enlarged lymph node are NOT cancer.  The only way to be sure is to biopsy the affected node.  Since this would not be practical, docs follow some general rules.  If the node is above the collar bone this can indicate cancer.  Nodes that are hard, non-tender and irregular are suspicious.  Nodes that are not mobile but firmly attached could be malignant.  Nodes that enlarge rapidly are suspicious.  Any node larger than 1cm is suspicious. (pea size is not enlarged).  Also other symptoms such as fever, night sweats and weight loss in addition to the enlarged node could be cancer. 

RE: Lymphoma dagnosis by a CBC

by Chisholm on Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 2/26/2007 Dana91302 wrote:

I have a family history of lymphoma.  My maternal uncle died from Hodgkin when he was 21 and my maternal grandmother died from NHL 3 years ago.  With that said, I become concerned with any lump or bump I notice.  In early December, I discovered one of my lymph nodes on my neck was swollen.  It is hard and painless to the touch.  I have not been sick and have had no dental problems that would cause an infection.  I just recently had a doctors appointment Feb 21.  My doctor said that my lymph node was only slightly swollen and she wasn't concerned at all.  It was not until I mentioned my family history that she ordered a CBC.  She also failed to ask any further questions about my health and left me no time to mention that I've had night sweats, fatique, and a sun burn looking rash on my upper chest.  She treated me like I was wasting her time and did not show any concern for my health and well being.  With that said, my CBC was normal except for my platelet count was high.  How reliable is a CBC in diagnosising Lymphoma?  Should I seek a  second opinion or ask for a biopsy? 

In light of your family history you must keep on pursueing an answer for these night sweats, fatigue and rash.  I would ask my GP to refer me to an oncologist.  If she will not then go to one who will. 

RE: Lymphoma dagnosis by a CBC

by Dana91302 on Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:00 AM

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Thank you for your comments.  Well, I was presistant and was referred to an ENT.  My appointment was today and the doctor showed concern, which was a big change from my family doctor.  He said my lymphnode was 7cm and because of family history and other symptoms, he would do a ct scan.  He also suggested removing the lymphnode to biopsy after we got the results from the ct scan back because that was the first thing to do.  Within the last 2 months it has enlarged, how fast and big can they grow?  He was not against removing it because he said if that were the case then they could catch it early.  How invasive is the surgery?  Should I take a wait and watch approach or have it cut out and biopsy asap? 

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by Forgottenfl on Fri May 04, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 3/20/2007 Dana91302 wrote:

Thank you for your comments.  Well, I was presistant and was referred to an ENT.  My appointment was today and the doctor showed concern, which was a big change from my family doctor.  He said my lymphnode was 7cm and because of family history and other symptoms, he would do a ct scan.  He also suggested removing the lymphnode to biopsy after we got the results from the ct scan back because that was the first thing to do.  Within the last 2 months it has enlarged, how fast and big can they grow?  He was not against removing it because he said if that were the case then they could catch it early.  How invasive is the surgery?  Should I take a wait and watch approach or have it cut out and biopsy asap? 

 

So glad you insisted on seeing the specialist.  Don't wait, do it now.  The doctor is showing true concern.  I can attest first hand that waiting is not the way to go, my husband almost died within a 4 month period.  How fast Lymphoma spreads depends on the type, some are indolent meaning they grow slowly, some can kill you in weeks.

Take care and I'll be watching your progress.  Keeping my fingers crossed it is nothing.

RE: Lymphoma dagnosis by a CBC

by Shweta on Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:00 AM

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I had swollen lymp nodes for a looog time, not too swollen ....however I had high eosinophills  about 40-60% also for a long time and i made the mistake of waiting to do the biopsy...it turned out to the NHL...i also had severe skin eczema......am doing better now with treatment....we shall see what happens, am still undergoing chemotherapy....

 still you may certainly not have anythign so dont worry...but ge the biopsy and take good care of your diet....i am also taking cellforte...Ip6inisito....i have read a lot aut it in the cancer compass site as well...ti may be worth while to try and get your immune system to work better..

 all the best.

shweta

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by pjf005 on Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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My paternal grandfather died of lymphoma @ 57, I am now 32 years old and I have been experiencing symptoms since last November. I have no health insurance until I get married this upcoming October. I first noticed a lump in my throat mostly while yawning and occasionally while swallowing. It appears to be a slightly swollen lymph node around my jugular. It has persisted but does go away from time to time. Around May I started feeling a pain that seemed connected from my upper-right collar bone to my right armpit, again usually when yawning. This is also sometimes accompanied with a tender sternum. Though the throat lump sensation has slightly subsided the past month or so, I am now also feeling a bit of tenderness under my left armpit close to my pectoral. I am extremely nervous and as I said, I am even more nervous to get it checked out prior to getting my health insurance.
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