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Is swelling in the shoulder a sign of cancer?

I have a small lymph node in lower area of left side of my neck. I have had a seriously swollen shoulder from rotator cuff problems. Can this be a cause of the node? I had a Pet 6mths ago and it has slightly enlarged. I suffer from awful sinus drainage and clering throat because of it. I am so afraid it is cancer. PET this Friday. I hhave been in remission for 6yrs Dr. says it is not likely to be that. I can t stop mashing to find this thing. Help.
Tue, 31 Oct 2017
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You said you are in remission now. That means you must be having history of cancer. If you have history of cancer biopsy of the enlarged node needs to be done. Else you can take a course of antibiotics and wait till sinus discharge subsides. Cervical node enlargement occurs with throat infection and other head and neck infections commonly. In such case you can wait.
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