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Can a swollen lymph node be a symptom of lymphoma ?

Im a 16 years old with swollen lymph nodes on the neck. Its 3 or more lymph nodes; the bigger one is about 2,3 cm and the smallest is less then 1 cm. One of them feel hard and unmovable(its not the big one). The others are movable but all of them are painless and hard to notice from the outside. I do get a stiff neck from time to time, it feel like the veins on my neck are going to explode. I went to the doctor because i had a cold (i found this swollen nodes 2nd day of the cold) he examined my whole body and said its common to have swollen lymph nodes when you get a cold or if you have a chronic sinus infection which i have since 4 years. I already had a swollen node before on the right side of my neck which was large and hard and painless a few years ago, it stayed swollen for a long time and went back to normal eventually. I dint have any symptoms such as: Night sweats , itching. I do feel so tired and i get needles feeling in my left hand and my left leg/feet is kind of heavy/numb and i lost my appetite maybe because im too anxieted about this symptoms, but i do sleep well. My doctor put me on Amoxicillin for 5 days (1500 mg each day) and an other Allergypills and he ordered a blood workout. Could this be cancer ? If not, please go in details..
Asked On : Thu, 26 May 2011
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As your doctor rightly mentioned , any infection in the draining area of lymph nodes can make them swollen.Get a couse of antibiotics and then after a week , see if the size comes down and they disappear , if they donot you can get a FNAC - Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology - a test where they insert a small needle into the lymphnode and take the tissue and study them under microscope and know what is causing the problem. If that does not tell you anything the next step is a lymph node biopsy , which will confirm the diagnosis - either you have something or is it normal , accordingly can get treated.
Answered: Fri, 27 May 2011
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