Is it cancer?

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My dad has been pretty sick for a while, but we can't figure out what it is. He has lost 12 lbs over the last few weeks (unintentionally), and often has night sweats and a low fever. The fever went down with antibiotics and he felt better a last week, but he keeps losing weight every day. His lymph nodes are also swollen. We have been to many different doctors in our area, but they can't figure out what the problem is. Is it cancer? What should we do? I am scared.

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    Has he had any scans or anything? Id be asking for an ultrasound of the nodes and possibly a biopsy.. also a ct scan 
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      That’s the thing, my dad is convinced that a CT scan won’t identify anything because he thinks that even if he has a tumor, it won’t be big enough now to identify it yet.  He thinks radiation exposure might make it worse (he’s a X-ray crystallographer too so I can’t argue with him in this). Thank you for the suggestion of an ultrasound though.  We were thinking maybe also an MRI but those are expensive. 
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    No-one here will be blue to tell you whether this is cancer. It will need you to take the advice of your family physician. Also it will help if Dad thinks about what has changed and whether there is anything he might think has contributed to it.

    i hope he is well soon

    Best wishes

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    Hi Mags. Night sweats caused by cancer are absolutely drenching, you can wring the night clothes and bed linen out, almost dripping wet. If he's just waking up sweating and the bed is mildly damp it's unlikely to be a symptom of cancer. Lymph nodes swell because of underlying infection and weight loss can be a symptom of many different conditions apart from cancer. Your dad needs to ask to be referred to a specialist, but please don't panic, it doesn't mean he has cancer.

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    If it's cancer it sounds like a blood cancer. If he has had a complete blood count done, check for a high IgG count. I suggest you go to WMUK online and check out the symptoms. The surest way a doctor could put a name on it is a bone marrow biopsy check. He should see an oncologist. It's better safe than sorry. 

     

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    Update: my dad’s CT scans came back and no tumor whooo!!! He just has an enlarged thyroid and hormonal imbalance. Thank you to all of you who gave me advice and helped to reassure me.  
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