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Persistent large protruding lump on the neck since years, diagnosed as cancer. What is the reason?

My wife s sister is 65 years old and has an extremely large lump protruding from the side of her neck . She is taking some medication I m told but the doctors tell her it is cancer and she has little time to live. I find it hard to believe cause the lump has been there for a couple of years. Can you help with any information?
Asked On : Wed, 18 Jul 2012
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The picture you have described seems to suggest that your relative has a cancerous lymph node in the neck. Lymph nodes are glands normally found in all parts of the body. They become cancerous not by themselves but when there is cancer in their neighbourhood. So, the root of the actual cancer must be somewhere else (voice box, food pipe, thyroid, lungs etc). It is possible for a patient to have such a node for long particularly in slow growing tumors. All i can say is that had she sought treatment earlier she might have been detected at an early stage and cured. It is beacause she has harboured the disease for so long that it has reached the terminal stage. Harsh words, i am sorry, but the reality.Hope this helps
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