Assessing and monitoring a patient with a neck lump

17th July 2020

It is essential to monitor a neck lump closely, measuring and remarking if it is hard, mobile or fixed. It is also important to record the number of nodes found, if they are changing over a period of time, and refer the patient urgently if there are any concerning features. It is important to remember that a haematological malignancy will be progressive (albeit sometimes the progression is slow); therefore, GP continuity is best practice and good record keeping essential.

GatewayC’s ‘Lymphoma – Early Diagnosis’ course aims to support health professionals who are working with patients facing a possible lymphoma diagnosis. The course includes a full interview with Miss Susannah Penney, Consultant Head, Neck and Thyroid Surgeon, addressing how a GP might assess and monitor a patient with a neck lump.

Key points from the interview include:

  • How to assess and monitor the patient
  • Where lymphoma can present
  • The role of the Head and Neck Surgeons
  • The positive predictive value of head and neck cancer symptoms
  • The best referral route

Please note: if a patient has a concerning neck lump, with or without other lymphoma associated symptoms, refer them to see a Head and Neck Surgeon on a suspected cancer referral.

Find out more:

  • Access GatewayC’s ‘Lymphoma – Early Diagnosis’ course here
  • Read NICE’s guidance on neck lumps here

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