|Do lymph nodes with lymhoma continually increase in size?
Oct 11, 2002
If a lymph node were affected by lymphoma would it continually increase in size over a period of months?
Response from Dr. Dezube
Lymphoma is a cancer arising from a lymph node. As a general rule of thumb, lymphomas grow if untreated. However, as with most rule of thumbs, there are exceptions. Sometimes lymph nodes which harbor lymphoma grow initially, but then stop growing-- maybe they've outgrown their bood supply and can't grow any further. A smaller percentage of lymphomas actually come and go for a while before they enter into a rapid growth phase. These types of lymphomas are particularly difficult to diagnosis. Why do they come and go for a while? It's felt to be related to a person's immune system. When the lymphoma starts to grow, on occasion an intact immune system can keep it in check for a while.
However, by and large, lymphomas grow. In HIV-infected patients they grow particularly rapidly.
KS related clarifications needed!! What causes it? how is it spread? ...
Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma: Chemo & Rituxan; Epstein-Barr Virus in my tumor.
- HIV Seroconversion Illness At 10 Weeks
- How Serious Is Unprotected Sex Between HIV Positive People?
- Seroconversion 7 Weeks After Exposure
- The Symptoms Of Chlamydia Or Gonorrhea In The Mouth
- Unprotected Sex Insertive Vaginal With Prostitute, Uncircumcised
- What Body Fluids Do Not Spread HIV?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.