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Lymph node sizes

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.
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Hi there.

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.

Regards.
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