In someone with a lymphoma issue, would the lymph nodes generally keep growing bigger? I've always been told that lymphoma would result in a node that keeps getting bigger, like golf ball size, and not reduce back down again. I have some nodes that flare up once in awhile but they will settle back down after awhile. I think the biggest one has got is marble size, maybe like 1 cm or so. I also have one that seems to be hard to the touch sometimes but then other times it seems soft. I know that one has been felt by a few doctors without any reaction to it. This particular node is below my jawbone, so probably one of those submandibular nodes. I have also had big submandibular glands for years without any physician concern.
And, I have heard that touching your nodes a lot can cause the node to stay large.
There are more common reasons for nodes to enlarge, and the most frequent reason is infection. We may not notice infections occurring in the oral cavity, tonsils, and even the salivary glands that can really cause a reaction in the draining lymph nodes.
Lymphomas are characterized by enlarging nodes without any obvious source of infection. Lymphoma may also present with systemic symptoms such as fever, weight loss, and night sweats.
I believe that observation alone is appropriate. Just make sure to inform your doctors if this gets bigger or you develop other nodes elsewhere.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.