Can swollen painful lymph nodes mean cancer?

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   Posted 4/22/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am new here. I recently noticed that my left axillary lymph node/nodes were swollen and very painfull and pain radiated throughout my left breast. I know that I have many fibroids already but I haven't felt anything out of the ordinary. After a few days the swelling and pain has gone down some. I did see my primary physician yesterday and she ordered an ultrasound for next week. I was just wondering if anyone has had this symptom related to breast cancer. I thought maybe it could be related to something else like Lupus which I have not been officially diagnosed with but have some of the symptoms. Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this.

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 4/23/2008 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Being a nurse, I'm sure you know this could be a symptom of many things. By seeing your doctor and setting up the appointment for an ultrasound you certainly made the right choice. No one knows for sure about cancer until a biopsy is done. Please don't be sold by a guess that it is not cancer, insist on a biopsy to be sure. Waiting six months or a year to retest is not what most of us here would recommend. If something is strange, make sure. Hugs MK

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