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Ask the Expert: What Do Enlarged Lymph Nodes Indicate in Stage Zero CLL?

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Published on December 8, 2017

Lymph nodes can play a significant role in identifying infection in CLL patients, and provide clues to disease stage and progression. So what do enlarged lymph nodes indicate in stage zero CLL patients? Learn more during this “Ask the Expert” segment as Dr. Michael Keating of MD Anderson Cancer Center discusses enlarged lymph node location, size, tests and the impact on CLL treatment.

This Ask the Expert series is a Patient Empowerment Network program produced by Patient Power.   We thank AbbVie and Genentech for their support.

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Transcript | Ask the Expert: What Do Enlarged Lymph Nodes Indicate in Stage Zero CLL?

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Andrew Schorr:

Here’s a question we got in from one of our viewers. Do enlarged lymph nodes, excuse me. Here’s a question we got in from one of our viewers. Do enlarged lymph nodes signal a danger sign when you have stage zero CLL?

Dr. Keating:         

If you have enlarged lymph nodes when you’re classified as stage zero, that means that you can’t feel them clinically, so none around the neck and armpits and the groin, so it must mean that someone’s had a CAT scan, and you can identify the node there. So there are a number of enlarged lymph nodes, and the degree of enlargement is different. 

There are some around the portal vein and the inferior vena cava deep down that seem to be larger than normal, and these are residual ones that still persist in treatment of CLL, but are not necessarily an indication that this is a more aggressive lymph node mass.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you. 

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