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Unread 08-17-2009, 05:02 PM
Enlarged lymph node

Hi All
I am moving this post over from the newbie section. 1.5 years ago I had my cervix and pelvic lymph nodes removed due to adenocarcinoma in situ. All of my smears have been clear since then. I have had a lot of problems with pain/swelling in my lower abdomen and legs. We sort of thought that this was due to lymphedema, but my Dr eventually decided to send me in for an mri. She called me back within an hour of the scan (which totally freaks me out!!) to tell me that I have an enlarged lymph node. What are the possible reasons for this? I thought all of my lymph nodes were gone!? Is this a sign that I am facing a recurrence? Has anybody else had something like this happen post-surgery?
Thanks all
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Unread 08-17-2009, 05:31 PM
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Sorry you are having this worry...but we have many many lymph nodes in our body..they are the drainage system for fluids. Just a plain ole infection can cause them to swell up. Here's hoping you just got something easily corrected with meds. But I know, the mere mention of lymph nodes makes all us cancer girls sit up and take notice real quick.
Unread 08-17-2009, 06:21 PM
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Thanks for the pep talk, I know how easy it is for my mind to race. I'm just confused, I thought that they took all of my pelvic lymph nodes out (29 total). I am also anxious about the biopsy. I always get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when the cancer drs start rushing you in for more test!
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Unread 08-17-2009, 11:10 PM
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No, they could not take out all the lymph nodes, they're too important for moving fluid around. They take a sampling of lymph nodes for testing. We have many hundreds of lymph nodes.

Sorry that you are having to deal with cancer head. I hate that! Lymph nodes get infected or inflamed for all kinds of reasons other than cancer.
Unread 08-18-2009, 07:19 AM
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I had an enlarged lymph node last year in the lower pelvic/upper leg area. The doc initially sent me for an ultrasound because she was concerned about a blood clot (my leg swelled really bad). I noticed a the tech mention a lymphnode during the ultrasound but didn't think much of it. Later I received a call that she was sending me for a PET scan and about lost my mind. Even when diagnosed with cancer I didn't have a PET scan! I was told that it could be something as simple as an ingrown hair and not to shave for 2 weeks prior to the scan.

The weeks until I received the results were tense to say the least! But I was told it could be from the hair, irritation, or infection. Whatever it was went away, and I ended up getting an "all clear" and diagnosed with lymphedema.
Unread 08-18-2009, 07:32 AM
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I am sorry you have this new worry. It is frustrating that lymph nodes can swell for very minor reasons and thus give us such scares. Often with lymph node swelling doctors will wait a couple months and then rescan. Has your doctor advised what she plans to d?
Pls keep us posted and I'm sending positive thought your way.
Unread 08-18-2009, 08:50 PM
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I have had an enlarged lymph node for the past 7 months. At first the doctor did a ct, that showed enlarged node and fluid cell which was than drained. The node stayed enlarged and continued to give me pain and swelling, after 5 months he did ct again, showed same thing again had fluid drained. At 7 months sent to occupational theraphy to reduce lymphedema. The node that is swollen sits in the corner of your pubic hair where your leg and torso meet. The ot is helping, leg swelling greatly reduced. The node is still enlarged. Have to admit it freaks me out at times. endometrial cancer stage 1.

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