Enlarged Lymph node above Collarbone

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   Posted 7/8/2006 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Had chemo, rad, surgery, arimidex for Breast Cancer.  Everything was fine and got good test results.  Now a lymph node has popped up above my collarbone.  Did anyone have this happen to them?

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   Posted 7/8/2006 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Dawn- Have you had an infection (ear infection), a toothache, or anything that could cause that node to flair up? How about having a port added or removed? I did have a node in my neck light up on a CAT scan, and they attributed it to my port being removed (ie. the scar healing over). It went away, and haven't had a problem since. good luck, hope its nothing....hugs, Stefanie
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   Posted 7/8/2006 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for giving me hope

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   Posted 7/8/2006 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Dawn: As Stefanie said, there are many different reasons that a lymph node can become enlarged other than the cancer returning. You have to remember all of the trama that your body has been thru and any cold, sore throat, toothache, etc., can cause a lymph node to become enlarged. Have you contacted your onco? If not, please do so immediately. No need to stress and worry until you know something for sure. BTW, don't ever give up hope. There are many women on this board that are 5, 7, 9 years free of cancer. There are some of us that have had a recurrance or even 2 or 3 that are still here. There is ALWAYS HOPE!

Please keep us informed.



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   Posted 7/9/2006 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dawn,
After being 5 months out of chemo, my family went to the Quebec "backlands". There were TONS of mosquitoes, and everyone got bit. After we got home I noticed that I had an enlarged lymph node in my neck, and my daughter (1 year old) also had two very large bumps on her head (NOT mosquito bites). I dont know if there really was a correlation between the mosquito bites and the enlarged glands, but I believe so - they are all gone now. My daughters went away by themselves, but i was too nervous about mine, and asked my surgeon to remove it - just to be sure - and it came back as totally benign.
Hope this helps

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   Posted 7/13/2006 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow that is good news. Who would have thought that a mosquito bite could cause so much worry? I have a lump on my collarbone that the doctors swear is a fatty tumor and the surgeon explained to me that removing it would be very difficult and that I could lose movement of my arm because of an entanglement of nerves, etc. Since I had no lymph nodes positive and it has now been at least two years after talking to the doctors about it, I don't even think about it anymore. Thanks for letting us know you are doing fine now. It does help. Hugs MK

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   Posted 7/13/2006 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   

I have had enlarged lymph nodes above my collarbone since before my diagnosis. They have done lots of test on them and they are fine just larger than normal. Are you going to have any tests done? Please keep us posted, we care.


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   Posted 7/18/2006 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Dawn...I, too have had some englarged nodes for several years. Mine are in my neck. They are just there. One is quite large, but "of normal pathology." Go figure. But do have yours checked. Always better to know.

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