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Mass in my neck
joelle87 posted:
I was just wanting to know what to expect at my ent appointment. About a year ago I noticed a golf ball size lump in the back of my head on my neck. It shrinks and then it grows bigger. I recently got an ultrasound and my doctor says she doesn't know what it is its not swollen lymph nodes or a cyst it's just a large mass. So she referred me to an ent. I'm just wondering if someone could tell me what to expect when I go because I'm kind of nervous.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
I don't think you should have any anxiety about this first appointment. He is going to examine you (hopefully!) and perhaps order some additional diagnostic imaging (MRI). He will not be poking holes in it...or trying to remove it in the office. However, if the nature of this mass is still unclear, an excisional biopy (removing the whole mass) may be suggested in the an operating room with you sound asleep.

Don't get yourself too worked up. I know you are freaking out that this could be some type of cancer, but your ENT will be doing his/her best to rule this out.
joelle87 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Thank you for getting back with me this was very helpful. My appointment is next month so I will keep you posted.

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