• Is it lymphoma?

    Asked by carolchristao on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Is it lymphoma?

    I have cancer also on the lymph nodes on my armpit (same side of breast) and under the collar bone. Sometimes I feel pain on the armpits of the other side, the healthy one, even though the PET-CT has not showed anything there.
    Having cancer on these sites, accordingly to the PET-CT is the same of having lymphoma? The exam also showed some cell activity on the spinal cord...
    My appointment with the oncologist is tomorrow, but I'm a bit afraid of asking him...

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac (Best Answer!)

      No, cancers are identified by their primary site. If in your case that was breast cancer, then cancer that has metastaticized to lymph nodes or other locations is still breast cancer.

      over 5 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      The terms are confusing, but lymphoma is cancer of the blood and is not the same thing as breast cancer that has metastisized to the lymph nodes.

      Never be afraid to ask your oncologist anything.

      over 5 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Lymphoma may appear anywhere in the body. It may appear in the breasts, but is not breast cancer, remaining simply lymphoma in the breast. In another forum (or was it this one?), a poster's mother had a mastectomy before the path lab found out that it was lymphoma :-( Lymphoma is a blood-borne cancer and does not form "solid" tumors. The "soft" tumors that it does form are basically clumps of individual lymphoma cells that congregate. Some lymphoma tumors are surgically removed, but usually only if they are causing an immediate threat by physically impeding another organ. "Normally", the chemo will melt hem fairly quickly.

      over 5 years ago
    • TinaJacques' Avatar

      Hello! As a lymphoma survivor, I can definitely tell you that no, it is not the same as lymphoma. Breast cancer that has spread to the lymphnodes is still breast cancer. They are still breast cells that have become cancerous and have grown out of control. Lymphoma is white blood cells that have become cancerous and grown out of control and clumped together inside of the lymphnodes causing them to swell. Don't worry, you don't have two separate cancers. I know a woman who had stage IV lymphoma which has spread to her bone marrow (like me) and she thought that meant she had lymphoma and bone cancer.. nope! Just really advanced lymphoma.

      over 5 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      That's why it is so great to have this community of friends here. Thank you all for your help! :-)
      I talked to the oncologist, he calmed me down too.
      I think it is common that in our position we start to fear everything. Every "strange" thing that happens I start worrying that is cancer, is spreading, is getting worse... I guess lots os friends feel this way too.
      I am so glad for having this forum to talk to all of you.

      over 5 years ago

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