A large number of structures exist in the neck and occasionally these can swell so that they can be felt or seen. Sometimes these swellings can be serious and so it is important that if a swelling has been noticed it is assessed and investigated rapidly to establish the cause. For example lymph nodes within the neck are part of a person’s immune system. They swell up and go down in size depending on whether someone is fighting infection or not. Most of the time enlarged lymph nodes reflect a normal immune response but if they continue to enlarge in size this is more of a worrying feature as it may indicate the potential for cancer.
During your consultation we will attempt to establish the cause of your neck lump which may involve biopsy tests and scans. It may be necessary to remove the lump. The specific type of operation required depends upon what the lump has been identified as. This will be discussed at the assessment stage of the process, together with alternative options and the risks and benefits of each option.