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Head and Neck Cancer

Do I have cancer

07/12/2007

Question:

I have a painfull lump on my head the doctor says its a lymph node. My mother died from a brain tumor. Have I got the same?

Answer:

The only way to confirm the presence or abscence of cancer is through a tissue diagnosis, such as a fine needle biopsy or excisional biopsy. A reason for the discomfort should be identified. Most likely this is not the same as what your mom had. If this lump is still present and/or the discomfort remains, a follow up appointment with your physician should be arranged.

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Response by:

Cheryl  Koliha-Brandt, MSN, RN, CNS, CORLN Cheryl Koliha-Brandt, MSN, RN, CNS, CORLN
Clinical Nurse Specialist and Instructor of
Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology 
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University

Pierre  Lavertu, MD, FRCS(C), FACS Pierre Lavertu, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University