How fast does a lymph tumor located under the jaw grow?
Hi everyone, I have a question regarding a lymph node that is swollen and hard, on the right side under the jawbone. No other symptoms.
I have some questions regarding this issue and I really hope to get an answer.
1) The lymph under the jawbone became big in a matter of weeks, I'm talking 2 or 3 weeks and it became so big that you could even see it without feeling it. Is that a typical progress of a tumor?
2)No weight or appetite loss, still has alot of energy aswell. As a matter of fact none of the typical cancer symptoms are there. Does this indicate something else non cancerous? perhaps taxoplasmosis?
I just hope someone can answer these questions. I'd be thankfull for ever
thanks in advance! (Also its not about me, but someone very close to me)
edit: and dont worry they're currently doing several tests to find out what it is,
Hi Pazdaran and welcome. Unfortunately we can'treally tell you anything about your friend's condition. The only advice we can give is that he/she should see a doctor and press for a definitive diagnosis if they are concerned. Here is a good link on the subject: http://www.cancerforums.net/threads/...h-NO-diagnosis
Remember, the only way to rule lymphoma in or out is with a full excisional biopsy. The chances are it is something other than lymphoma but your friend should see a doctor if concerned.
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thanks a ton for your words, I'm sure you are aware that it is hard to not know what it is.
Originally Posted by Kermica
With that rate of swelling, and no other symptoms, it actually seems unlikely that it's related to lymphoma, and much more likely infection or reaction to something else. But, as Kermica notes, the only definitive test is an excisional biopsy, and I doubt a doctor would be inclined to prescribe that, given the circumstances you've outlined. More likely you're friend may be prescribed some antibiotics and told to watch it for a while.
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Agree with your literal quote- it is very important to stress the statistics say it's much more likely that it is something else. That said, I had pretty much exactly what the original poster described, and yes I am now diagnosed with NHL.
Originally Posted by Defens
This is the most difficult part: sadly cancer is one of those diseases that is sometimes hard to distinguish from everyday minor ailments, and very often forcing a diagnosis is not free from dangers. Case in point - to be sure you need to undergo minor surgery (in the jaw case) - biopsy - that will likely leave a visible scar. Is it worth it? Well, if you're unlucky like me and it actually was cancer, yeah, I could've possibly caught it earlier and possibly cured it. In most cases it's an unnecessary danger, and given what we knew at the time we made the right choices.
Yup. The only thing to add perhaps is that normal GP's sometimes don't have the background to pick the exact right moment for when to upgrade your 'alert level'. How long do normal lymph nodes stay swollen after a random inflammation? I think that 3 weeks is roughly the limit for 'out of the blue' enlargements. Another datapoint from my own experience: I caught a flu on christmas day. Both jaw lymph nodes (L and R) grew in size. The R one dropped back to normal roughly on the second week of the new year, while my L node stayed the same, which we now know was due to my illness.
But, as Kermica notes, the only definitive test is an excisional biopsy, and I doubt a doctor would be inclined to prescribe that, given the circumstances you've outlined. More likely you're friend may be prescribed some antibiotics and told to watch it for a while.
In short: if you're worried, read up, but stick with the doctor's advice and try to only start to worry and/or push for followup/2nd opinions etc if you have a strong reason to doubt his skills.
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