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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Cancer Topics

Question: leiomyosarcoma patient for 34 yrs, now enlarged lymph goin


 barkrec - Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:59 pm

Age 51, Female, leiomyosarcoma since age 17 (Downwinder- grew up in path of Nevada nuke tests fallout), multiple surgeries to remove: stomach, spleen, part of pancreas, much of liver, transverse colon, tumors attached to peritoneum, remove leio from aorta and pulmonary arch; remove adrenals - pheochromocytoma there. Now called Carney's Triad patient.

Current meds: .25 synthroid, bi-weekly b12 injection (self).

Active - wald average 8 miles a day walking dogs very very fast, but newly fatigued 24/7.

My doc retired in Sep; new doc brushed off my concern over 4 newly-enlarged lymph nodes in left groin. Am I unreasonable alarmed?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Thu Dec 28, 2006 8:25 am

User avatar Hello,

Abnormal Lymph node enlargement tends to commonly result from infection / immune response, cancer.

Nodes are generally considered to be normal if they are up to 1.5 cm in diameter in the groin.

Of importance, an increase in nodal size on serial examinations is significant. Hence nodes that continue to grow in size are important and those that regress in size tend to be more reassuring.

Because of your medical history with a rare disease that tends to recur and metastasize, it is a must to investigate the possible cause and the nature of these nodes.

I advise you to follow up with your Doctor.
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