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    Swollen Lymph Node - Collarbone

    A friend of mine just recently turned 20 and had what appears to have been a small swollen lymph node around her collarbone for months to a year with no symptoms. Except it was moveable. A few days ago she found it had enlarged a bit more, still moveable, except it is tender and painful if it lays in one area of her collarbone if she moves. She went to a doctor who told her it was cancer the moment she, the doctor, heard from the main news that my friend had a lump near her shoulder (Again it's actually collarbone). This doctor is not a cancer specialist but kept insisting my friend actually had lung cancer, she maybe felt the bump twice in all. My friend, scared obviously that this doctor was so certain, let an X-Ray be done which, to my knowledge, showed nothing out of the ordinary. My friend was prescribed an antibiotic to see if it was an infection but obviously, being so young and hearing a doctor insist it was cancerous, my friend had been severely depressed and has now found another smaller moveable bump near this first one just today. (Please note today she also might have pulled a bit hard and bent a lot in that area and recently began the meds a few days ago.)

    She has no other symptoms:
    She is not tired or exhausted although she has been sleeping a lot due to feeling depressed. (For months and recently as in days before the doctor visit, she has been able to stay awake at all hours, have little sleep, and be able to concentrate fully.
    She insists she does want to eat but since being at the doctor she says it's too depressing to.
    She does not have fever, chill, or night sweats
    She has some chest pain at times, but then she is often under stress, aggravation. More than a normal 20 year old should.
    She was told her heart right was really high but this was right after being told by the doctor, who again claims to have known this before seeing the bump and barely touched it, that she had lung cancer.
    She does not smoke or drink
    She was near a broken toaster oven for months that seemed to be melting at the top and the oven was constantly used. Since it has been thrown out.

    Can this swollen Lymph node be something else besides Cancer? I keep reading this spot near the collarbone is supposed to be worrisome but am seeing no other signs.

    She has a range of animals: Multiple cats, dogs, fish, guinea pig, rabbits, etc. She leans a lot trying to train her one dog and earlier before finding the second one, felt a pull as she was taking him with her. Also, she unfortunately lives with someone who does not seem to acknowledge the germs they spread which are usually worse than just the usual touching dirt or the like.
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    Sorry to hear this distressing story about your friend. Most cases of swollen lymph nodes are caused by infection and cancer is one the the least common causes. Your friends doctor, if it is true what was said, is jumping to conclusions based on the scant available knowledge. You do need to be careful as from what I have read you were not there, and this may easily have been a misunderstanding.

    Your friend needs to get a second opinion if this still troubles her. Convince her to get that second opinion as soon as possible as the sooner that happens the sooner she will have peace of mind.

    Re germs don't worry too much, that's what our immune system is for. It can cope, and 1 sign it is is enlarged lymph nodes, hence there could be some validity to your hypothesis.

    This could still be cancer, I am no doctor. My advice stands, get that second opinion

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    Hi there, this sounds very similar to what I went through. I had no symptoms of anything as well.

    Usually swollen lymph nodes could be a sign of infection or cancer. The former is usually diagnosed for younger patients. When I first noticed the lump in my collar bone, I freaked out but didn't do anything until a year later.

    I was given antibiotics at first but they didn't seem to help (the swollen nodes just reduced in size and became more movable) so I had an x-ray done and they thought I had TB. I only found out I had cancer after I did a CT scan of my upper torso and a biopsy of the swollen node.

    I suggest your friend goes for a biopsy. From my experience I think it's the only way to confirm what's causing it to be swollen :s

    Advice for your friend: do check for more lumps appearing in the collarbone/neck area, under arms and pelvis. Also, has she been having rashes recently? Or like sensitive skin where the skin breaks out in rash by a slight scratch or something else?
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    As far as I know there is no deep itching, but she always tends to touch it since seeing it more swollen than it was in the past year, I think out of fear of it being there. She says it hurts when she bends from where the lump has shifted near her collarbone. (She has been in the middle of dog training classes with a jumpy dog so for the past few weeks she has been constantly bending at least one day a week over and over to settle him down and he tends to pull his leash.) She has been depressed before, this is just making it worse as since the doctor was so sure she has been afraid to see another opinion, at least now, maybe she will when the fear calms down. She does have sensitive skin, she was born with reddish hair as was I, which I read means fairer , except hers is more tanish (Naturally not faked) from her family background.

    I was there during the hospital visit, just not in the room, and the way she was shaking on her way to X-Ray was something terrible. She was so quiet and crying and it took her a while to say what had happened. We tell each other everything so I know she is telling the truth about what the doctor did, she broke down telling it. Her doctor, the one who was on staff at the time in that place, will not be in for weeks and only for about four hours when she does show up next! Her doctor had told her that as soon as she heard it was a lump, it was cancer. She told a 20 year old girl it was cancer before looking at it, claiming she was saving her life so she could start treatment, and that her profession said every time a person had a lump it was cancer. No blood work was given. The woman who did the X-ray was a bit nicer, from what I heard, telling my friend it was rarely cancer when she heard what the doctor had told her right away, and from what I heard, did not just make a quick diagnosis. The X-ray, the doctor was sure it was lung cancer, turned up nothing unusual (As I said she found the smaller second bump recently, she is still on the antibiotic given as it was for a few days and a pharmacist told us first to get a second opinion and that if it was an infection, it would take longer to go down due to the medicine staying in the body even after the antibiotic treatment would stop. My friend is freaked out and wants results from the antibiotic right away, you can understand). Would the X-ray have also seen the lump in her collarbone?

    And yes, the person she lives with at the moment seriously has spread more germs than I know, and she has been sick a few times in the past few months, we are certain, because of that person. (As during those times she would be severely sick and it would last just a day before going away) (When I'm sick it can last just one day with severe sweating/hot cold feeling or for months with excessive couching, although we both are usually not sick often) She has not been sick for a while. She also takes care of a lot of animals, multiple kittens, a dog who she is training at the same time, guinea pig, rabbits, hamsters, and mice. Not sure if she is ever able to fully clean off the germs from that, she tends to get scratched pretty bad from the kittens, they are just a few months old, when she gives them their bath, usually the scratches are on the neck, collarbone, back area although the doctor said it couldn't be Cat Scratch because of the lack of fever and chills (Yet from what I read a lot of cancers have those beginning symptoms and she was sure it was that from the start) But even if it wasn't Cat Scratch is it possible for those scratches to begin an infection and cause the possibly swollen lymph nodes in the collarbone?

    Also for the sensitive skin, I do not believe she breaks out in any rashes or from scratches, although the cats do make small scratches that do bleed a little, since their nails are due to be cut. In fact, she has mentioned how she never has raised scratch marks when she gets clawed during baths, but as I said, she does get clawed Her skin was red a little around the area yesterday. The antibiotic (Clephaxin I think it was spelt), I think can cause reddened skin. She did not have that before the medicine and it might have disappeared or could have been from her sleeping on it or rubbing excessively. I think it might have disappeared, the redness.

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    Hi

    Your friend needs to see a doctor, please try and convince her to go. I do not think this is cancer but you never know and a doctor is her best way to find out what is wrong.

    There is little anyone can do now, best to leave it here. we are always here to help should you friend actually have cancer.
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    I agree with ChemoMan, she needs to seek a second opinion. Clearly, the first doctor wasn't a good one. That's not the right way to go with a patient!

    I'm not sure if x-rays shows lumps (I can't remember off-hand atm) but it did show a lesion/growth I had in my lung due to the tumour. However it cannot confirm whether it's cancerous because x-rays only shows whatever's in the body via shadows.

    I hope she doesn't have cancer, it may just all be an infection that her body is fighting. I wouldn't be surprised too since she's dealing with a lot of animals and stuff. However, do caution her to be careful as her body is already trying to fight whatever infection is currently in her body.

    Also, I highly doubt it's lung cancer :/ I hope your friend's alright. I can't say more because I'm not so sure about other cancers. Whatever it is, she should try and do something about it soon. It's better than worrying and getting upset over it.

    Hoping for the best for her <3
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    thats the lymph nodes lob-they swell when fighting infections- I use to get all the neck back and sides and the one under the chin swollen everytime I got bronchitis for many years-when they are swollen they are working.-its that if its ongoing for a long time- then you might want to find the cuse of the infection-
    which was mentioned above-could be any thing from allergies to cancer.
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