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Forum Name: Lymphoma

Question: Questions about Lymphoma

 tsg295 - Wed May 23, 2007 5:23 pm

I am 19 years old with 3 swollen nodes on my neck. They are all easily moveable, painless, and have never changed in size. None are wider than my pinky finger, with the smallest one the size of a BB. I have perfect health and never felt better.

I just have a few questions about Lymphoma:

1. If you have had swollen lymph nodes for a year and they have not changed, nor have you developed any other symptoms, is that a good sign that they are not cancer?

2. On average how long does it take to start developing symptoms of lymphome once enlarged nodes are found?

 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed May 23, 2007 9:18 pm

User avatar Lymph nodes such as you are describing you have are incredibly unlikely to be due to lymphoma. Your lymph nodes fit the classic description of what are termed shotty lymph nodes. They are small, mobile and unchanging. Most likely, they became enlarged while fighting a virus and did not quite shrink back down fully. This is quite common.

Lymph nodes that are cancerous are classically described as hard, immobile and changing (enlarging). Symptoms of lymphoma can vary dramatically in terms of timing. Some lymphomas are quite aggressive and can produce symptoms quickly, others are very indolent and can take months to develop.

Best wishes.
 debmatt - Thu May 24, 2007 11:10 am


I have the EXACT same thing. 3 small lymph nodes in my neck for 1.3 years and they do not change in size, texture or anything. I have no other symptoms and I feel great. Your question and doc answer gave me some reassurance.
Thank you!


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