What Does A Cancerous Lymph Node Feel Like?

Swollen lymph nodes

The most common sign of lymphoma is a lump or lumps, usually in the neck, armpit or groin.

They are usually painless.

These lumps are swollen lymph nodes.

Lots of things that aren’t lymphoma can cause lumps – and not all lymphomas cause obvious lumps.

Are cancerous lymph nodes hard or soft?

These characteristics can be useful in suggesting the cause of the lymph node swelling. For example, a hard, nontender, non-moveable lymph node may be more characteristic of a cancer spread to that node. On the other hand, a soft, tender, moveable lymph node could more likely represent an infection.

What are the signs that you have a cancerous lymph node?

Signs and symptoms of lymphoma may include:

  • Painless swelling of lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin.
  • Persistent fatigue.
  • Fever.
  • Night sweats.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Itchy skin.

How big is a cancerous lymph node?

Cancer has spread to a single lymph node on the same side as the main tumor, and it is more than 3 centimeters but less than or equal to 6 centimeters in greatest dimension. There are multiple lymph nodes that have cancer on the same side as the main tumor, but none is more than 6 centimeters in size.

What does a normal lymph node feel like?

Healthy lymph nodes are typically pea-sized. Lymph nodes that are just below the skin may be easier to feel when they become swollen as they will become larger. You might experience other symptoms if a lymph node in a deeper part of your body becomes swollen, like a cough or swelling of a limb.