I had a nagging cough/throat clearing issue. Then I noticed a swollen lymph node in my neck. The PA, that had been seeing me for the cough, said “…if it doesn’t hurt or bother you...don’t worry about it.” Six months later the lymph node began to grow and radiate pain. After several tests, including a needle biopsy, it came back positive for cancer but not a definitive type. After lymph node surgery/biopsy, I was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. My Ear Nose and Throat surgeon will do a tonsillectomy an endoscope to collect samples from any suspicious looking mouth/tongue/throat etc. as necessary, to see if he can detect any more cancer. Then he will remove the lymph nodes in the right side of my neck. At that time, depending on what all of the biopsies show, we will proceed with radiation/chemo/other drug therapy as needed.
If you have a swollen lymph node that has no associated pain...have a specialist look at it. If your family Dr. looks at it and treats it as an infection…and it is still there...GET IT LOOKED AT by a specialist! My situation may have bore the same outcome, but being diagnosed six months earlier, the odds of spreading any further may have been negated.
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