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Baseball sized mass on neck. He says it's lymphoma but not cancerous?!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 17, 2009
  • 10:32 AM

This diagnosis is not for me but for my son's biological father. He had a lump on the back of his neck the size of an baseball and another lump on his arm the size of a golf ball. Both of these lumps were removed. The one on the back of the neck has been there for at least 4 years. It started out small and grew bigger as the years went on until the back of his neck was enlarged and the lump was the size of a baseball. The one on his arm is more recent. He finally went to the doctors to have the lumps looked at (the one on his neck had been growing for 4 years undiagnosed).

He's telling us that he has lymphoma but it's not cancerous. This makes no sense to me as from what I've read lymphoma is cancer.

He had the 2 lumps removed about 2 weeks ago. He's still recovering from the surgery. It was day surgery and he was sent home. He stated at first the doctors said he had
lymphoma but were 99.99% positive it wasn't cancerous. Now he says it's lymphoma but not cancerous. I am sure there was a biopsy done.

I know people are probably wondering why we just don't ask him why he states it's lymphoma yet it's not cancerous. Our feeling is that he doesn't want his mother to know if he has cancer as his father died of cancer around 10 years ago ago. He's almost 41 years old.
I do know he is a heavy drinker and drug user and has been for over a decade.

Do lymph nodes swell for years and still be noncancerous?

Perhaps he was given a different diagnosis and is confused as to what is really wrong?

How long does it take for a biopsy to come back?

What are the chances this is lymphoma?

How would we approach him about this? I don't want to say to him "well lymphoma is actually cancer so I'm not sure how you could have been given a diagnosis of noncancerous lymphoma." I have never had a close relationship with him nor has my son and so I would not feel comfortable asking him a personal question like this. His mother is just taking it at face value and believing what he is saying.

Thanks for any help and advice you can give. I have a feeling he has lymphoma and it's cancerous.

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