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gagirl08
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Joined: Mar 2008

Has anyone out there got a numb chin from your cancer or lymphoma?

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Hello,

You may want to contact the American Cancer Society's National Cancer Information Center. Cancer Information Specialists area available 24 hours a day and can assist you with diagnosis and treatment related side effects. They can be reached at 1-800-227-2345.

I wish you the best,

Dana
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tcassiday
Posts: 3
Joined: Jul 2008

Hi gagirl08, I had a numb chin with my follicular B-cell NHL (grade 3A, stage 4). I was diagnosed three years ago, but I had so little disease for the past 3 years that my doctor and I agreed to just watch and wait. Several months ago, things started going haywire (stomach problems due to tumors in my intestines, started losing weight, and then the numbness in the chin started.) The numbness is due to a lymph node somewhere around the jaw joint pressing on a nerve. I just started R-CHOP chemo on Aug. 14, and within two days, I could tell there was significant improvement. It's been about 10 days now, and my chin and lips are completely back to normal.

What does your doctor say? Most likely, if you have lymphoma, the numbness is due to the cancer, and it will disappear with treatment. One of the things I learned in this past six months is that when things go wrong, my first assumption should be that it's the cancer at fault--not something else. When I went to other doctors (besides my oncologist) they tended not to see me as a cancer patient and looked for every other possible explanation for my problems. It could have saved me a lot of time and perhaps some complications that I'm dealing with now in chemo if I had gone to the oncologist first.

Good luck, and let me know how it goes for you. I wish you all the best.

gagirl08
Posts: 15
Joined: Mar 2008

Thanks everyone. I couldn't reach the tinyurl site. My numb chin happened within a couple of weeks of my first swollen gland. My nhl was stage 4 unfortunately but after RCHOP I am in remission. However the numb chin is still there 2 yrs later. It doesn't have to be caused by pressure from a gland I found out. After months of asking about it I learned from a neurologist it is a sign of systemic cancer in about 10% of patients. Usually info about it is under "numb chin syndrome" or mental neuropathy. Sometimes it is spread thru the vascular system, bone, or other ways. Good thing it doesn't hurt. It should ALWAYS be checked out though.

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