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I'm a 16 year old male. I've had swollen lymphnodes for over a year now. Locations: one in groin, one on left side of neck, two under right side of my jaw, and possibly 2 on the back of my skull (it may be bone idk) after having the one on the left side of my neck and groin for a couple months, my mom brought me to the doctor. The doctor felt them, and took blood. She said they felt fine and the blood came back perfect. So I left it at that. Problem is, I noticed the two under my jaw and back of head soon after that. Now, I do have acne and read that it can cause swollen lymph nodes in these areas so I brushed it off. It's now been a year and I've had swollen lymphnodes. I have no cancer related symptoms, no weight loss, no fatigue, no loss of appetite, notning. And I'm sure if it was cancer, after a year I'd probably have at least one other symptom right? Anyways, the anxiety of fear of cancer has drivin me nuts. I'm not one to have anxiety but the last 6 months have been terrible because of it. I soon have another physical coming up so I'll try to talk to my doctor. My question to you is, does this sound like lymphoma (or other cancer) or caused by something less sinister. My family has no history of cancer except for my grandma on my dads side who had breast cancer. I've never had any health complications. Sorry to right such a long question

Hi Resee,

Relax!! It doesn't sound sinister

Nevertheless, don't miss your upcoming physical...A good examination is what one needs to diagnose/ classify such swellings

Best wishes,
Dr. Puneet Kumar,
Kumar Child Clinic, Dwarka,
New Delhi, India

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I would be happy to answer general queries on prevention and treatment of ailments in newborn, infant, toddler, child or an adolescent. Needless to say, it will not be possible to answer any query that requires diagnosing, since it is not possible to examine a child online.


I have worked in various capacities (medical officer, resident, senior resident, consultant) in public as well as private sector in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Today, I have over 17 years of experience in the field.

Currently, I am running my own clinic (Kumar Child Clinic) in Dwarka, New Delhi and am attached to Lifeline Hospital, Dwarka as consultant pediatrics and neonatology. I am also developing my clinic website into a comprehensive child health/ parenting website (

(a) Chapter "National Immunization Schedule" in Frontiers of Social Pediatrics, Jaypee Publishers: 2nd edition, 2016. (b) Article, "All about Pertussis vaccines" in special issue of Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics, July-Sept 2015 (c) Three chapters (DTP vaccines, Pneumococcal vaccines and Poliovirus vaccines) in "Textbook of Pediatrics for Post-graduates" First edition: 2015. (c) Chapter: "Alternative delivery methods of vaccines" in IAP textbook of Vaccines, First edition, 2014 (published by IAP/ Jaypee Brothers) (d) Special Article: "50 years of Immunization in India: Progress and Future" in January 2013 issue of Indian Pediatrics (e) Four chapters in "FAQ: Book on Vaccines and Immunization Practices" First edition, 2011 AND 2nd edition, 2015 published by Jaypee Brothers. (f) Three articles in special issue of Journal of Pediatric Sciences on “Controversies and Challenges in Pediatric Vaccination Today" in Sept, 2010. Co-edited the series also. (f) Regular column, “How do I treat” in Pediascene ( (g) Review article, “Role of Anti-Poliovirus Agents in Polio eradication and beyond” in Polio Pulse, April, 2008. (h) Chapter on “Acute Infectious Diarrhea” in Textbook of Infectious Diseases in Children. (An IAP Publication), 2007. 2nd edition in 2011. (i) Book-Review (IAP Pediatric Drug Formulary, 2004) in Pediascene, March 2005 ( ) (j) Case-report on Osteopetrosis. Jharkhand Journal of Pediatrics, Dec-2002.

After MBBS, I have done DNB residency in Pediatrics.

Awards and Honors
Winner of IAP practising pediatrician's quiz in 2001.

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