Although worrying, most neck lumps are not related to cancer. However, a neck lump that does not go away with time will need thorough investigation to make sure it does not represent something more sinister.
Previously a neck lump would be excised (cut out) to determine the nature of the lump. With modern examination and investigations this is usually not necessary. Moreover, removing the lump before an accurate diagnosis is made can potentially adversely effect the prognosis if a cancer is found.
Neck lumps may have many causes including:
- Blocked salivary glands
- Non-cancerous growths
- Congenital Cysts (fluid-filled lumps)
- Enlarged Thyroid Gland
- Throat Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Salivary Gland Cancer
- Metastatic Skin Cancer
It is vital that you are examined thoroughly, including using a nasendoscopy - a small camera placed through the nose to examine the sinuses, throat and larynx (voice box). Full investigations such as ultrasound, CT & MRI scans and a needle biopsy will also help to confirm your diagnosis.
Dr Magarey treats hundreds of patients each year investigating neck lumps. He will take the time to search for answers, to explain your diagnosis, and arrive at the best treatment plan.