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    somegirlinindy asked a questionOvarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

    Swollen lymph nodes during chemo?

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      Carol-Charlie

      I'm praying that all will be well and this is just one of those scary thoughts in the dark, that many of us have!

      over 4 years ago
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      HotRodTodd

      It could be a normal thing, so don't get too upset. I always point out every little thing that changes to my Doctors so they can evaluate if it's "something" or not. Wishing you the best

      over 4 years ago
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      carm

      Somegirlinindy,
      I think the only thing that I love more about these types of questions is the person who asks them. You empower yourself when you seek knowledge and gain more insight into the enemy you battle. There are over 600 lymph nodes in the body and the only ones felt normally are the submandibular, inguinal and axillary. The node you are palpating is the submandibular. It is these regions that are felt by a normal healthy person also. When a lymph node swells or becomes enlarged, or the number of enlarged nodes increase, or the consistency of enlargement increases that is considered lymphadenopathy. If it is an acute reason it will subside in less than 3 weeks. If it is chronic it will last more than 6 weeks. There are many medications that can cause an enlarged lymph node, including some cancer therapies and there are many masses often confused with enlarged lymph nodes. Even Rheumatoid Arthritis can cause enlarged lymph nodes. Until you have a definite diagnosis, don't always assume the worse when there are many other things to consider. There is an old saying, "If you give someone a hammer then everything looks like a nail." You have to look at this objectively and all this is might just be a sign that will give you pause to consider, but nothing more. Ponder, but do not dwell there. If there is a problem you need not look for it, it will come find you. Best of luck and perhaps this will just be one of those things that I have mentioned above. Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): So, I tempted the fates: I said treatment was boring. http://bit.ly/13NV4yv

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    somegirlinindy asked a questionOvarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

    I decided to tell the world...

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      somegirlinindy

      @FreeBird, To echo SueRae1, meantrain (mealtrain.com) let's you create a schedule of needs (meals, rides, donations, errands, whatever) and share if with you community. I just started using it, but have already have a positive experience. It's made it nicer/easier for my fiends that are helping to coordinate on my behalf and keeps the communication simple for people looking for ways to help!

      Enjoy!

      And thanks for the positive support!

      over 4 years ago
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      carm

      somegirlinindy,
      I had the occasion yesterday to follow your post to the scribe site you mentioned and I must say that I am quite impressed. You seem to have the right attitude and I can see by those here and I am sure in your community, that all will gain a knowledge and strength from your words. The most unappreciated victories are those not spoken of. So here today on this post, I salute your endeavors and yield to the warrior that you be have become. You do this site a grand justice by your words and actions and many I am sure will know of all you have done and will do on this unexpected journey you have placed your foot upon. I look forward to the blog. In any battle the greatest weapon is the spoken or written word. Kahlil Gibran once said of this, "They dip their pens in our hearts and they think they are inspired." So inspire this community Denver, light us all up. You have it within you to light up an awareness in a way that will do all members here proud, including the medical community I represent. Good luck, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
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      WendyLew

      great word! sounds like you have a positive attitude which is 90% of the battle!

      over 4 years ago