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post #1 of 19 Old 08-07-2013, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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Malignancy blood test- any info?

Just after some information.

I went to the docs three weeks ago with a lump in the back of my neck. Pea sized, moves if I push it around etc.

Asked if I had recently had cold etc etc so could have set off lymph nodes... nothing. So, he said come back in three weeks if it is there.

Saw a different doc as it is very much still there. Because of lack of illness, placement and only on one side, they are doing blood tests. I have them tomorrow and get the results next friday.

I can assure you, at 22 you don't want to be told you're having a blood test for malignancy. Booked in for my bloods and walked to my dad's office and had a few tears.

But rather than get worked up, I would rather get the facts and info. Anyone who has been through this; was this the only test done?

I have read a few things (oh god forbid on the internet!) and a lot of websites say that blood tests aren't always accurate. If the results come back negative, should I push to get the lump removed?

Any info will be greatly appreciated.

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No experience with blood tests, but if there were any question in my mind, I would expect that they would at least do a biopsy.

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One would hope, but in the military system they just like to give you paracetamol.
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One would hope, but in the military system they just like to give you paracetamol.
Ah...the military. When our son was in the Marines, he had a lump around his cheek bone. They didn't do any testing and just removed it. It was some sort of cyst and never had another problem there.
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Duffy, I've got a lump in my cheeck, small smooth and mobile. Had all sorts of blood tests done, all came back fine. The lovely NHS have said wait and see if it changes.
I'm in the process of arranging to have the lump removed privately as it can be removed via the inside of my mouth and thus no visable scars hopefully.
I'd rather be safe than sorry.

ETA I'm having it done as a cosmetic procedure but once removed they will test the lump.

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Blood test for malignancy? Did they tell you that? I would think it more likely that they did a CBC to check your white blood cell count for a possible infection. In my experience, it sounds encapsulated, which malignancies usually are not. Typically they invade the surrounding tissues and are not encapsulated or easily moveable. That said-I do not trust the military MD's generally. I have had a really bad experience with them, just so happens the ones in Germany. I do understand there are good ones out there, but personally I would be seeking other opinions.

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franknbeans, thank you for the info! Unfortunatelty, despite my efforts I am told 'blood test for malignancy' and nothing more. I would rather know the facts, but it is most likely going to be that.

My plan now, after some small research, is that despite the results I want the lump removed and tested. It would appear that blood tests aren't all that accurate? I would rather be safe than sorry.

If the military are going to drag their feet, I will apply for an A-OK card and go through the Germans. I am not sure if and how much I have to pay, but I will claim it through the military. I am not messing around with this either way; better safe than sorry.

Good luck faye, keep my updated on your progress!
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Duffy, I may end up getting it done in Belgium as I have the right to have it done on thier health service but I'd prefer to have it done here where I can ask all the questions without language difficulties and I can have the comforts of home rather than be stuck in a large drafty spooky house on my own for the recovery period (our house in Belgium is a manor house built in the 18th Century so big, drafty and got ghosts!)

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I'll come keep you company

Language is my barrier too, thankfully my dad is fluent so anything I don't know he can chime in.

I'll be completely honest, my mouth hit the desk when the doc said what they were testing for. Was pretty much the last thing I expected. I had to set a reminder in my calender to book an appointment because I forgot about it
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I'm fairly fluent in french but with my luck I'd get a dutch doctor!
My papa is fluent in about 8 languages so he wouldnt have an issue translating for me but I'd prefer to hear the answer direct from the doctors mouth and not have my very lovely but over protective Papa cushioning the blow so to speak.

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