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There are lots of causes of lumps in the neck, you can't tell what they are by feeling the lump and unfortunately cancer can be a cause.
I hope you can try to find it reassuring that the doctor took you so seriously and you are going to get a diagnosis (and hopefully put your mind at rest) so soon - again even if it is the worst, you'll be getting the right treatment fast.
Waiting is the worst time, hope you find out soon.
Totally normal to refer aftee the lump not going away on its own.
The hospital will have a whole "neck lump clinic" - that's how common this is. I had a needle biopsy on the day of my clinic appt (and there were 2 terrified looking med students sitting in which made me feel just marvellous about my chances ) but it turned out to be a lymph node and eventually wemt away of its own accord.
I had a really quite large lump at the front of my neck round about where my thyroid is. Doctor's opinion, "could be something, could be nothing". Turned out to be a cyst. Because it wasn't causing me any discomfort whatsoever I elected to leave it alone (hate having any medical procedure if I can possibly help it) and 4 or so years on it is still there, although it's shrunk in size.
Lumps in the neck are extremely common & rarely caused by anything sinister. Plus, if it turns out to be a cancer on your thyroid (very unlikely) then be reassured that almost everybody is cured of this - it's about the most beatable type of cancer there is.
Yes, had a lump that had already been there 6 weeks when I went to docs. Had urgent referral , gp said the texture was concerning which terrified me!! Any way, it's still there exactly the same, 7 years later!! ENT examined and scanned and said it was fine. Hope yours is too. Shame we have to wait once we are worrying.
My dp is going to have his lump on thyroid at base if his neck on Monday. First referred in November so been a long worrying process. Said it was nodules about 33 millimetres in size, we will find out for sure during the op, but I have to say the advice and info given to me on my thread has been a HUGE support, and yes apparently if anything nasty, is very very treatable. Please let us know how you get on. Where exactly is your lump situated on your neck OP ?
Yep know where you mean, just wanted to mention when I have a cold I always get very sore tiny lumps there, that are quite sore to touch, had them since I was young and GP said they are little nodes when my glands are up, just wondered if you had experienced that before, as the nodes are in exact area. Maybe one of yours has or a bit big for its boots ! Hope all is ok, try not to worry too much.
Yes that was exactly what the first doc said in January but when I went back yesterday another doctor said it's not in the same place as nodes and is a funny shape?! So hopefully just covering themselves!- doesnt stop the worry tho x