This may sound stupid but for the past 6 months I've had a lump on the left side of my neck. It's hard to the touch. At the base of my neck, inline with my ear. I've experienced night sweats, extreme fatigue, itchy skin, a fever that come and goes and I've lost a bit of weight in two weeks without being overly active, usually it's hard for me to lose weight. I'm not sure whether to see a doctor or if I'm being paranoid. Any advice is appreciated 

New Contributor

I'm sorry if this comes across as a bit brusque, but of course you should see a doctor.


If you are concerned enough to join a cancer forum and ask questions, you already know how serious your situation could be. If it turns out to be nothing, wouldn't it actually be good to know that?


Please, make an appointment ASAP.

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I have all those symptoms too.  My cancer was diagnosed a week ago.  The big " lump" on my neck (it's a lymph node) is home to the secondary cancer which spread from the main cancer that was found in my PET scan just this Wednesday 2 days ago - on my tonsil.  I've had my symptoms since mid December... but I thought I was going to get my annual ear infection (I usually get one every year ever since I was a young girl)... but that didn't eventuate and yet the lump stayed.  I went this month to get it seen to because it didn't seem right and I was starting to feel unwell...  So I now am waiting to hear on Monday what they plan to do with me.  My ENT surgeon thinks radiotherapy will probably be used first off - being the best treatment in the circumstances to try firsthe said ... said it has good results... so that's in my future.  It's all happened incredibly fast.  Thank god I kept my private health cover is all I can say.  And all I can say to you is what the person above said...  6 months?  wow... you're wasting time.  Go see your GP tomorrow!  And good luck!  xx

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