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lymth nodes

By October 17, 2012 - 9:33am
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i had a mamogram done on monday and i just got a call and i was told that i might have lympth nodes i am scared i dont even know what that is can u please help me understand do i have brest cancer what is going to happen with this nodes

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Hi roxanne

Thanks for writing to us!

Firstly - this is a scary time and that was a very scary phone call. But seriously, don't start looking up every scenario on the internet because it'll frighten you to death and the likelihood is that you are perfectly fine.  It wish the person who had spoken to you spent longer with you. Having "lymph nodes" is not a condition or a disease. We all have lymph nodes, they are little organs found in cells in our body - in our necks, underarms, bellies etc. They are an important factor for our immune systems.

You need to call back your doctors office and find out exactly what is going on. We can only guess at what they are talking about. I will guess that they are saying you might have enlarged or inflamed lymph nodes that need a second look. This can be caused by recent illness (often the flu) or anything that causes your immune system to weaken. There are also other causes but you need to call your doctors office and ask for a long and patient explanation of what exactly is going on in your situation.

Your underarms are also examined during a mammogram so this may be where the nodes they are talking about are located.

Telling someone they have lymph nodes is like telling someone they "have blood vessels".  It doesn't explain anything because every has them - they are a part of the human body. So call back and ask what is it about your nodes that are requiring that phone call. Keep us posted!


October 17, 2012 - 12:26pm
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