• When lymph nodes get too big???

    Asked by createdone on Thursday, March 14, 2013

    When lymph nodes get too big???

    Is there a time that lymph nodes get too big? My fiance has one on the side of his neck and the neck is becoming sore...He is in the middle of trying Zelboraf (3.5 weeks) The lymph nodes don't seem to be getting smaller,but he does have more energy and has gone back to work. Is surgery the next option or do we have to wait till we have the cancer under control??? Any advice...

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      Hey Createdone,
      I am glad to hear that your fiance is feeling better. You know, when a lymph nose is enlarged, sometimes the source isn't a malignancy. Some medications can cause it and some diseases like RA can cause it also. The general rule of thumb is that an acute infection in a lymph node lasts less than 3-4 weeks, while a chronic disease lasts more than 6 weeks. Generally however, if it lasts less than 2 weeks or more than a year without progression in size then there is a low likelihood of being malignant. An enlarged lymph nodes on the neck are found in over 50% of routine outpatient adult physicals. I hope this will subside or at the least not progress anymore. I would think that if it does persist or progress the next alternative would be radiation. My best to you both, Carm RN.

      over 5 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      I wouldn't panic but I would make sure that his doctor is aware that it is uncomfortable. I had a lymph node that got swollen after the rest of my treatment was done. It was removed after much fear only to turn out to be fine.
      The body does some strange things trying to remove what it perceives to be poisons and the lymph system is the garbage truck. If it is painful it should be addressed. Good health and take care, Tracy

      over 5 years ago

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