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Mustang00
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I had two inguinal lymph nodes removed last week because there was a noticeable mass that appeared a few days before.   I am waiting for the results that I will get Wednesday.  I understand swelling after surgery.  But the incision site still looks like the mass is there.  It is hard and even visibly noticeable.  Is that normal?

I am confused.  The more I read, the more confused I get. 

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I had one removed from my neck and also from my right shoulder. Mine were swollen and hard for some time after the surgery, especially the one on my neck, even though it tested benign. Good luck.

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Thanks, Shady.  That's great news.  I am looking for the same outcome. Embarassed

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Welcome, Mustang.

When a surgeon does an excise biopsy, he or she will remove all or only part of the tumor, depending on access, etc. The surgeon may have of necessity left most of whatever this "mass" was.  The doctor will be glad to answer this if asked.

While some forms of Lymphoma grow quickly, having one "show" after " a couple of days" is virtually unheard of.  Generally, it takes weeks to months to see discernable increases in a nodes size if it is indeed cancer causing the growth.  Please share the biopsy results,

max

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Hi, Max.

I was hoping to see you.  Embarassed  I've read and seen how helpful and appreciated you are around here  I had the biopsy on the 8th and went back in on the 10th. The surgeon said he removed two lymph nodes, the one with the mass and another one.  He also said the preliminary results showed no significant signs of infection, which I know is not good.  He said it is too early to tell and he would have all the results back on the 22nd, which is this Wednesday.  If it's not due to infection, I don't know what else it could be.  It really did come up fast.  It was large, hard, and not painful.  I know the doctor is concerned, not to mention me trying to stay sane.  The waiting is the worst.  Thanks, Max.

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I know your emotional distress, Mustang.  Besides Lymphoma and infection, certain auto-immune disorders can flair nodes, but I am not conversant with that. Po Guy is however, and he might write here.  Lymphoma  is ordinarily not painful itself; when it hurts, it is usually due to pressing against an organ.  Pathological nodes can be hard or soft.

Biopsies ordinarily take five days to two weeks, depending on the pathology lab involved.   Please keep us updated, since we all learn here from every patient,

max

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May 19, 2015 ... A seroma is a collection of fluid that builds up under the surface of your skin.
Seromas may develop after a surgical procedure, most often at the site of the surgical incision or where tissue was removed.
 
As Max said, keep us posted and wishing you the best
 
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Two more days.  I'm hanging in there and trying to stay positive.  I told my family members the appointment was Friday instead of Wednesday.  I may need some time to process the information I get before being bombarded by calls and texts from concerned family members.  If it's great news, then I can call them all and tell them I lied, but I'm fine and all is well.  I don't think they'll be too mad. Embarassed Thank you both.  I really appreciate it.  It's kinda scary and lonely.

Karen a/k/a Mustang00 Embarassed

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When I was first told the possibility of cancer by my primary doctor I told 2 people. One was my boss who happened to be by my desk when I got the call. (It was my cell phone so my dr had no idea where I was at the time.) The other person was my husband.  You are right in that you will be asked many questions. Waiting to make sure have has some level of details before you say anything is probably a wise move. 

Good luck. 

Eyelash01
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I haven't been diagnossed. So right now I've no idea..My insurance has twice denied a p e t scan...I'm told I have what's called an Anterior Mediastinal Mass...A Mass next to the heart... it may benign or it may be a lymphoma... Anyone else???  What happens if they continue to deny it..Can a biopsy be done next to the heart??..I've had a ct scan and chest X-ray all ready...When I left the Drs I had no idea it would be denied or I would have asked him...Still waiting for another attempt..

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Please start your own THREAD, eyelash, and share a bit more about yourself so that answers can be tailored to your specifics.

You MIGHT be at the right site....after biopsy, you will know for certain whether the mass is Lymphatic or not.

max

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I do know of people who needed a procedure of some type done and had to have the Dr to resubmitted it more than once before it was acccepted. One friend needed a specific procedure for her special needs son and it took 3 submissions to insurnace to get it approved. That happened several more times as he grew up. I would guess your Dr is familiar with this. 

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