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Small lump present on left side of neck, swollen ear canal, sore throat. Cancer symptoms?

My brother noticed a small lump on left side of neck about 3 weeks ago. Since then, it has grown to be 2.6 cm per ct scan and it is a solid hard mass. he has a swollen ear canal due to this they told him and now has a sore throat on that side. no pain unless it is touched, He is scheduled for biopsy as per ct results this week. What are the signs of cancer?
Asked On : Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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Hi thanks for your question.
The lump on left side of neck your brother is having most probably could be an enlarged cervical ltmph node secondary to his ear and throat infection.Lymph nodes get enlarged when ever there is infection in their vicinity.Chances of this lump to be a cancer are very less as this is associated with ear infection and pharyngitis (infection of throat) although cannot be ruled out altogether.Cancer can be ruled out only by biopsy.
Hope this answers your question.
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