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My next set of scans are in July. If I’m NED then it will be 1.5 years. However I just found a lump under my chin. To me it feels like a lymph node. It’s hard, and painless. None of the other nodes in the area are swollen.
My cancer was removed from the left side of my scalp. I was diagnosed as 2-B. So it was localised. The lymph nodes from behind my ear are all negative. Margins all clear.
I got my second COVID vaccine on April 2nd. The lymph nodes in my arm pit were swollen for a couple of weeks then. They’ve all returned to normal. I just noticed this lump today. I think it’s been there for a few weeks though.
I’ll reach out to my oncologist tomorrow and go from there. Bleh. I didn’t want to play this dance again… but who does? 😂
Nodes can swell in that area for a variety of reasons – bug bite, cut, problem tooth, etc – as you are probably well aware. Still, with our history of melanoma, being proactive and checking it out is the way to go. I’ll be hoping for a far less problematic cause, but glad you are checking in with your oncologist today.
Thank you Celeste! It was half the size when I woke up today. Yesterday it was well over an inch. This is a relief. I haven’t reached out to my oncologist yet. Going to see how it looks by Tuesday and if it hasn’t improved I’ll reach out.
I’m assuming any reduction in size like this is a good thing. I wouldn’t expect a cancerous lymph node to reduce in size at all. Am I right there?
As Celeste mentioned lymph nodes can swell for several reasons. Sounds reassuring that it’s getting smaller. Hang in there.
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