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Underarm Lymph Node Shrinks and Swells

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  • Posted By: Poppet
  • December 10, 2008
  • 11:21 PM

Like many others posting, I have a swollen lymph node under my arm. It has been there for a LONG time. I do not think it is cancer because of two reasons. One is that if it was cancer, I think I'd know by now because surely it would have spread, and I'd be feeling terrible after all this time. Also, it does not grow, and has, in fact, shrunk. Well, it does grow, but it grows and shrinks. Shrinks and grows. It is rarely ever normal, however. It is only somewhat larger than normal sometimes, and seriously swollen at other times. I let my cousin- who is an RN- feel it once and she said she expected it to be pea sized when I said swollen, and she was surprised to find it much larger than that! Although I doubt it's cancer, I worry a bit about it. I had a breast check for cancer (hands only) by a gynecologist who didn't feel any abnormalities. Anyway, as I said, with it shrinking, surely it's not cancer. But what is it? Why won't it go away? Sometimes it is rather enlarged, and is rarely if ever completely normal. I am not sure if it is ever better than slightly swollen.

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