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Head and Neck Cancer

Lump on my neck

04/09/2008

Question:

I have had a lump on the left hand side of my neck for about 2 months. It`s more or less in line were my jaw ends. I have had antibiotics as my nurse said it was my glands, but it hasn`t gone and I think it has got a bit bigger. Could it be cancer?

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. Make sure you see your physician. Without further work up, there is no way to tell if this is cancer.

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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