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Can painless lumps in body be a sign of lymphatic cancer? Know what experts say

King George’s Medical University (KGMU) medical professionals have discovered that unnoticed lumps in the neck, armpits, or groin that do not hurt may be a symptom of lymphatic cancer. They have issued warnings about alternative therapies.

Doctors described the lymphatic system as a network of veins and nodes that aids in the prevention and treatment of sickness and infection. Each part of the body contains lymph nodes, which are tiny, bean-shaped tissue lumps. Lymph nodes can enlarge if the body is fighting an illness. The presence of enlarged, painless lymph nodes, however, may indicate malignancy.

Prof. A K Tripathi, a former head of the haematology division of KGMU, stated that almost 90% of the 20–25 patients that come to KGMU do so in advanced stages, following five–six months of alternative treatment.

In his words, “Patients experience shortness of breath and unexplained weight loss by the time they see a doctor, making management more challenging.”

Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) faculty member Prof. Sanjeev noted that many patients come to him after completing tuberculosis treatment but still experiencing symptoms. If they are not getting better, he encouraged them to get a second opinion from an expert.

Additionally, he emphasized how the development of novel therapies, including gene editing, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs), may completely alter how the disease is treated in the future.

ADCs are created to selectively target cancer cells while sparing healthy ones, according to experts, while ICIs function by removing the “brakes” that prevent the immune system from recognizing and attacking cancer cells.

The doctors added that gene editing might enable medical professionals to fix the genetic defects that cause lymphoma, resulting in more efficient treatments and better patient outcomes.


King George’s Medical University (KGMU) medical experts found that non-painful neck, armpit, or groin lumps may represent lymphatic cancer symptoms. The veins and nodes of the lymphatic system prevent and treat illness and infection. However, swollen, painless lymph nodes may signify cancer.  Nearly 90% of patients in advanced stages of lymphatic cancer come to KGMU after five to six months of alternative treatment. Prof. A K Tripathi, former head of the haematology division, stated that 90% of patients come to KGMU in advanced stages. Prof. Sanjeev, faculty member at SGPGIMS, emphasized the potential of novel therapies, including gene editing, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs), to change the treatment of lymphatic cancer.


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