Hi, I'm writing with a question about my 17 year old son. He has a neck mass just on the underside of his chin. It's hard nontender and about the size of a marble. He has no other symptoms. He was seen by the ENT Dr and sent for CT scan. The results of that show that it doesnt appear to be a cyst or a lymph node. The Dr said that it needs to come out but first he will do a fine needle aspiration to look at the cells. Has anyone had anything similar to this? The mass has been there for at least 4 months and he said it has't changed. Thank you for any advice you can give me.
Sounds more like a stone (fairly common) rather than a tumour (someone in my family had a similar experience). If the CT scan is fairly definitive on that score, you may wish to ask the Dr. whether a biopsy is necessary in advance, or just to do it afterwards once the stone is removed. You can google salivary gland stones and that will give you a fair amount of reassuring information. You can always ask for a second opinion if the doctor insists on a biopsy in advance (he may be right on this). Good luck.
Hello, I'm just looking for a little insight again. My sons surgery was re-scheduled for this past Wednesday the 19th. The hard mass did turn out to be a lymph node and was sent to pathology. I was hoping to have received results by today but haven't heard anything. Can anyone tell me how long it takes to get results?
I don't know how long it takes to run a diagnostic on a lymph node. I do know it completely sucks to have to wait over the weekend. I was just told yesterday by a retina specialist I have an eye condition that could imply a possible relapse. Thankfully, my oncologist's office is right across the street so I walked over and got a blood test. My doc decided to see me since I was there and we determined there was no reason to be concerned about that. My eye condition's not related to my previous cancer.
However, the prospect of waiting a weekend was a bit too much for me. Been there, done that. It sucks.
I guess I'm just letting you know that many of us have experience in that and have an idea of what it feels like. I hope you'll have results no later than Monday and that things are alright on the cancer front.