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Offline alexandrag1

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biopsy for lymphoma tomorrow..very scared :(
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:11:20 PM »
Hi everyone,

I am so scared. About 2 weeks ago i noticed a lump on the back of my neck. I went to 3 doctors who said it was fine and nothing to worry about. I had an ultrasound which confirmed this and the worry went away! A few days later I went to an ENT specialist for a consult about a nose job. I mentioned the lump I had felt and he had a look and suggested I get a CT scan which of course terrified me. I was back in his office yesterday for results. The scan showed that the lump I had felt was actually bone however there were two lymph nodes near by that were a bit swollen - one was 2.2 cm and the other was 2.1 cm. He said this is borderline normal but still a bit big. His suggestion was to get a blood test and in a month get an ultrasound to see if they have gone down. He said i might need a biopsy after this but he wants to wait in case I dont need it. He could see how scared I was and said I can get the biopsy done any time if I want.

This was yesterday and I have booked in the biopsy for tomorrow and I am absolutely terrified. In the mean time I am trying to figure out if I have lymphoma or not.

-I have had a cold for a few weeks so that could cause lymph node swelling
-the doctors and ENT all said the nodes were soft, not hard
-the size of the nodes is 'borderline normal'
-i have no symptoms of lymphoma at all

Is it possible to have lymphoma and have no symptoms? (night sweats, fatigues, itching, weight loss etc)

I am so so so scared waiting to have the biopsy and then get the results.
Has anyone had this biopsy before? Did it hurt? And could you see any wound or swelling after? (trying not to tell parents i don't want to worry them).

Has anyone else had nodes this big and it has been ok or any other relevant experiences?

Thankyou for your help
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Offline Joey8924

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Re: biopsy for lymphoma tomorrow..very scared :(
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2014, 10:59:25 PM »
Take a deep breath.. I can somewhat relate. Have you noticed a change in growth in these nodes? You say you first noticed the lumps two weeks ago. The fact they are this enlarged that quick could be due to the cold you say you had. I've been told cancer grows but I don't think it grows that fast. Just relax. I've had a rock hard lump under my jaw for over a year that was 1cm. I finally decided to get a biopsy done last month and thankfully everything was fine. No cancerous cells were found and my lump actually went down in size after the biopsy.

As far as do biopsies hurt.. I'm assuming you're having a needle biopsy done. If so, no it doesn't really hurt. I was told over the phone by the nurse that the area would be numbed. Unfortunately the doctor doing the biopsy did not numb it, but I barely felt anything. It literally felt like a few tiny pinches. Yes the area did hurt afterwards but not if not touched and it went away within a day. Best of luck..and post back after you have it done.
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