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    cluster of swollen lymph nodes on side of neck, and nodule on thyroid

    So about 10 months ago I noticed a lump on the side of my neck. Its not huge, so I ignored it. I went to the drs about 6 months later for something unrelated and asked him about it. He said to keep an eye on it and call him if it grows. Well about 3 months later I noticed it doubled in size. Still not huge, but definately bigger than it was. So the dr ordered a ct and blood work. It came back that my wbc was slightly elevated at 15.3 but everything else was normal. The ct revealed that the one swollen node was actually a cluster of 3 slightly swollen nodes, and that I have several other swollen nodes in my neck area. In the cluster the largest is 5 mm, and throughout the rest is 7mm. They also found a small nodule on my thyroid. The dr is saying he thinks this is all caused by some type of infection. I am just curious if anyone has ever experienced anything like this?
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    Have they mentioned any scans looking for cancer? Like a PET. Have they mentioned biopsy? What is the course of treatment for this 'infection'?

    Many many cancer patients get swollen lymph nodes. It's the nature of their job. (nodes) Why don't you prod for more concrete results and let us know what they are. Jody
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    There is another node swelling on the other side of my neck. Still small.

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    Many many people come here questioning swollen nodes and the vast majority of them turn out to be infection or inflammation.

    Please read.

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    May/2012. U/sound, thyroid scan, FNB. Benign adenoma. A lump in otherwords, nodule if you wish to be specific.

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