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Head and Neck Cancer

Hard golf ball sized lump in back of neck

03/04/2008

Question:

I have a very hard and large unmovable lump in the upper back part of my neck. It is about the size of a golf ball and it is as hard. I`ve had this lump for about three years and over time it has gotten bigger. Should I be concerned?

Answer:

Any neck mass present for more than 2 weeks is considered abnormal and should be evaluated. You need a good head and neck evaluation, possibly a scan, and maybe even a biopsy. Because it has been there for 3 years suggests that it may be benign, but this is in no way a certainty. Make sure you see your physician.

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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