Hi gidget, sorry to hear about your lump. I have had both submandibulars out due to sjogrens. Dx was benign hyperplasia but would have become cancerous, also had infection surrounding the glands in the empty pockets around the chin and neck. Because the lymph nodes were affected and not working, they could not fight infection. Constant infection and inflammation I'm told leads to cancer and these problems. I was also told it was not abnormal for someone with ai disease to have the lymph nodes burn out, which seemed to make sense because they work overtime, and salivary with sjogrens. Also, please know, if you have had any type of head injury, there are well documented cases of people having similar problems to yours and mine 8-10 or more years later from encapsulated infection brewing under our skin in the head and neck areas. I was stabbed in the head 21 years ago which may helped prompt my sjogrens in some way. Take care and hope everything works out.
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn