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    I have a simple techical question :
    The case : I'm analist programmer and I sit down near all the day. 2 weeks ago I had some mid and low back pain but where as usual. It goes away on it's own. But, when I curl me up, I feel on MIDLE-back, on right side from 10-15cm from spine something hard with diameter of 1 cm.
    Tumoral markers are all normal
    The question : It is posible to feel some Retroperitoneal Lymph Node enlargement on palpation on mid back side ?
    Stage III EC 85% + Sem 15%
    AFP=2.6; HCG=10, 20,28 and rising
    FULL CAT scan:
    -abdominal lymph clear
    -subpleural lungs metastasis [bipulmonary lesions with diam <= 1cm]
    4 x BEP changed to 3 x BEP at my request
    from 2005-05....Surveillance

  • #2
    It is possible for a trained professional to feel the lymph nodes so I'm sure you could do it yourself. It may be nothing but I would get it checked at my next doctors visit. I do have two questions. Did you have teratoma in your original tumor? Have you been getting abdominal scans as part of your surveillance?
    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.


    • #3
      Simply put, probably not. First and foremost, the nodes commonly affected are quite close to the spine, and in between the kidneys. It sounds as though the area you are concerned with shouldnt raise any red flags. A 1cm node could not be felt at all, it is barely detectable by CT scanning. Most commonly, an nodal mass, if palpable, would be felt in the abdomen, not in the back. This pain is probably nothing,Pain caused by cancer doesn't really come and go like that. But none the less, you should have a scan which will calm fears. If I am not mistaken you were diagnosed with Stage III good risk disease. The relapse rate after acheiving a Complete response is about 3 - 4%, OR HIGHLY UNLIKELY.