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I am a cancer doctor.
lymphoma would be super unlikely.
reactive lymphoctyes means your body is fighting off an infection.
if you have allergies or sinus infection or a cold or throat irritation or post nasal drip or chronic sinusitis, these can all cause reactive lymphocytes and cluster of lymph nodes palpable on the side of your neck.
lymph nodes are part of your body's immune system and can swell up to help fight off infections to help keep you healthy.
But would they cause really hard nodes?
if you are worried about these lymph nodes, you can see a doctor and get an ultrasound of these lymph nodes.
but I bet the ultrasound will not show worrisome findings.
reactive lymph nodes can be firm
if you feel and squeeze the nodes frequently, this can also cause nodes to swell up and be firm as well.
Could a primary cancer somewhere else in the body that hasnt been found cause these also?
usually cancers of the throat or tongue or vocal cords can spread to the neck lymph nodes
but I doubt you have a cancer of your throat or tongue or vocal cords.
The first of these came up about 6 weeks ago and the others within the last 2 weeks. Does this fit in with cancer that has spread? The most recent, about 5 days ago
no, I doubt you have a cancer.
I bet it is from an infection that the nodes are enlarged.
Thank you. ***** may just ask quickly, I know you said unlikely but if the nodes were from some form of cancer would it be possible that both lymphoma or a cancer from somewhere else in the body may be the cause. The reason I ask is because I know the survival rates of hodgkins lymphoma are alot better than a mestatic cancer, and out of the 2 I would much rather have hodgkins!
you don't need to worry about cancer or what type of cancer you might have.
I bet you don't have cancer.
I bet your lymph nodes are due to an infection.
you should see your GP and get an ultrasound of your neck lymph nodes.
I bet that will show the lymph nodes to be benign and simple reactive lymph nodes.
and not metastatic cancer or lymphoma.
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Of course , you have been most helpfull. The only other question I have concerning this is, are cancers that spread to the lymph nodes ever curable? Thanks again I will give an excellent rating.
yes, cancers which spread to lymph nodes can be cured.
it depends on the type of cancer and which lymph nodes.
cancer doctors study this as part of their training.
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