Where can I go for a lymph node biopsy before the diagnosis with cancer?

Where did any of you go for a lymph node biopsy before you knew you had cancer? I have good insurance and went to primary doctor who referred me to general surgeon and Oncology. The catch is that Oncology only wants to see you if you are diagnosed with cancer. The primary doc did get me blood tests that show high white blood count and high Lymocritics. So I now need to call a general surgeon for biosphy. I am in no pain, no fevers, and don’t think this qualifies for a ER visit. But would the ER be the best bet at this point instead of running around for blood tests, CT scams, and biopsy? I had swollen lymph nodes in the groin and 2 in neck for over a month and still have staph infection.

Gary Nixon
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My primary set me up with a biopsy at the local hospital. I never saw an Oncologist until after the biopsy.

Rick Barnard
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Maybe an ear nose and throat for the ones in your neck.. Then maybe he can at least biopsy your neck and refer you for the groin area??

Wendy Wheeler
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Wendy Wheeler hey. I had 1 removed from my groin area and it was a regular surgen that did that surgey and then I had 1 taken from under my arm to, and of course I was cancer all in the nodes.

Cindy Hartley 3 years

Needle biopsy by ent
Surgical removal ent
Oncologist/hemotologist
Ct scan
Chemo (3 Chop-r)
Ct sca
Oncological radiologist
Radiation (15 treatments)
New lease on life

Jackie Mccormick
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Yeah gary that’s the usual route you take my primary discovered it he referred me to a surgeon he did the biopsy and when it come back positive then the surgeon put in the port for chemo and then they sent me to oncologist for treatment.

Wade Puckett
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Thanks. So they removed a whole pea sized node in the groin? Painful?

Gary Nixon 3 years

Gary Nixon no i don’t have what you have i was just given you the sequence to get to oncology almost every one goes that route actually after the surgeon does the biopsy then they sent me to get a ct scan and then a mri to see if it spr any where else and what stage it is then the oncologist lo at the results and discusses with you what treatment that they want to do.

Wade Puckett 3 years

wade who did or ordered the xray, scans etc? The doc mentioned Lympoma to me when ordered the blood test and also referral to ent for throat check because I still smoke. Would you of just went to the er if you did it over again? Things would of been done in a days time. My mom is driving me nuts.

Gary Nixon 3 years

I had a team of doctors, i think er would just tell you to see your primary doctor

Anita Compton 3 years

The oncologist because that’s how he can determine the stage and course of action and usually the oncologist and surgeon work as a team so like if the oncologist wants you to do treatment and then have them removed he will have the surgeon do it.

Wade Puckett 3 years
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I was referred to a general surgeon they did a biobsy and found squamous cell carcinoma, so they had to find the primary source, which took many tests and biobsys, it ended up being anal cancer that had spread to groin lymph nodes. I also had ro go to ear nose and throat doctor

Anita Compton
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Did you have lumps or bleeding from the stool. Or pain with a bowl movement? My mom survived breast cancer and dad and step mom died of lung cancer. Dad also had chromes disease and ulteris colitis so it runs on the family. Do you know if there is a test for HPV for men?

Gary Nixon 3 years

Gary Nixon yes there is a test for HPV for men....

Cindy Hartley 3 years

Something is causing that in lymph nodes, they need to do more tests, possibly a pet scan

Anita Compton
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I just had these tests ordered today from primary doc. Also, switched me from Doxycycline that I was in for 3 weeks to Septra. I am still getting the staph outbreaks on butt like I had 8 years ago. Might be MRSA and the cause of the swollen nodes. Next stop is ent, than general surgeon next week. At least in the er things would of moved faster instead of waiting for pre auths etc.

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Gary Nixon
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I’d go for it! If you have a low deductible, how would it hurt...

Anneliesel Espinoza
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Just over dramatize all your symptoms. Staph can be serious....

Anneliesel Espinoza 3 years

My insurance charges a $100.00 to go to ER unless they admitt you

Anita Compton
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My plan covers er charges a $350 copay and I have zero deductable. And no charge for physican services. So it would be alot cheaper with the er as that proba ly includes all the scans while I am there. As opossed to $250 a scan for outpatient and $40 a specialist. And $450 for outpatient surgery.

Gary Nixon 3 years

if you went to ER they will not admit unless you have a situation that you would die from right away. İt will not make things go faster

Cindy Hartley 3 years

My primary sent me to a Orthopedic doctor since he didn't know what was causing my leg pain. Ortho doc did a MRI and found it. He referred me to a surgeon. The surgeon referred me to an Oncologist after he did surgery to install a rod to stabilize my femur. The Oncologist started me on Radiation and Chemo right away. Neither of those worked, so now doing Immunotherapy. Will see by end of June if immunotherapy worked. I don't think it has since I'm in more pain now than I was before starting immunotherapy.

Sue Madden
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Keep us informed.

John Cordero 3 years

I would say that the ER will see you if you go there. But however with having no symptoms no fevers and no pain, no life threating stuff going on they wont admit you into the inpatient. And ER never do a Biopsy they will again send you to your Primary Dr to send you to a surgen I know the waits hard but going to the ER will not speed things up at all. All it will do is waste your time to be honest. Now if you do start having a lot of symptoms and don't feel good or feel like yourself goo right away. But if you wanna go to ER just for blood work you can do that, but the some of the blood work may take days to come in. I hope you don't have cancer God Bless

Cindy Hartley
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What were your lymphocytes number? Mine was a 7.

Kimberly Stahl
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I thank heaven every day that I live in the UK. Our GP service does all this.

Lynda Harden
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Yes, go to the ER. After two months of tests ordered by an oncologist, my diagnosis was made while being seen at the ER for abdominal pain.

Ruth Bonner
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No! Do you seriously think ER is just going to guve you a biobsy!? You have to be referred by your surgeon

Anita Compton
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No, I was not thinking of them going that far. However, I am sure they would do all the blood tests, CT scans, xrays, etc on the spot and I would get results same day. That happened last time when I had bells parsey. They did ct head scan within 10 minutes. I usually like to stay away from ers due to my bills ending up being $3,000 with my old insurance high deductible. My former nurse practitioner only referred me to a oncology after giving me doxycline to fend for myself. When she could of ordered more blood work and at least mention a general surgeon. That was what was missing here. When I called the Oncology, they said they only do rad and chemo on people diagnosed with cancer. So I thought it just did not make sense. The new primary doctor that I had to wait and see ordered more blood tests, refereed me to a general surgeon and oncology too. My lymph nodes in neck went completely away when I just started taking Septra for MRSA, which he also prescribed. Hopefully that is all I had. I am going to stay far away from nurse pratricioners as I always had bad luck with them. Here in Florida, a NP has all the power. They can even open and run their own clinic, like minute clinic in Walgreens.

Gary Nixon 3 years