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Child has lump on neck. No pain. Could it be cancer?

My four year old son has had a small lump on the left side of his neck for over a month now and he isn t sick. I took him to his doctor about my concern and he stated that it may be a swollen node and it will go away in time. My son doesn t complain of it hurting. To me I feel that it had gotten a bit bigger in size. Do you think I should call his doctor again and get another appointment? Could it be cancer?
Asked On : Tue, 13 Nov 2012
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It would be better if you could mention the exact position, size, shape of the swelling.
However, doctor has examined your child and diagnosed it to be a swollen lymph node.

Lymph node enlargement in neck is very common in children. Most cases, this happens due to some infection (viral or bacterial) in throat. The swelling may increase or decrease in size over time according to severity of infection.Lymph node enlargement due to cancer (Lymphoma, Leukemia) is also possible but in that case usually more nodes are involved.

You should visit his doctor again and get him examined. More investigations like USG of the swelling, Biopsy of the Lymph node, blood investigations may be required to confirm the diagnosis.
Answered: Tue, 13 Nov 2012
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