I've done a lot of research on my own because the docs have just been sending me here and there for tests without too much explanation and have just been telling me that I could have lymphoma. I have looked online and have none of the symptoms, aside from the swollen underarm nodes. No one even told me this could be caused by infection, so until I found that out on my own I was scared stiff thinking I might have cancer. Now I think it may just be an infection and my body's fighting it off, though I don't feel sick at all.
I've seen an oncologist and he wants to do a biopsy. However, I'm part-time at work and have only part-time benefits, all of which have been used up for the year with all the testing I've gotten in the past month. There's no way in the world I can afford the thousands of dollars it costs to have a biopsy. (I was quoted anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000 from the hospital near me, depending upon how much tissue the surgeon decides to take for a sample.)
Has anyone experienced this type of swelling, or know someone who has? Should I wait and try to let to run its course, treating it as an infection, or should I beg, borrow, or steal the money needed for a biopsy to make sure it's not something more serious? Prudence would tell me to find the money for a down payment for the biopsy, but the payment plan presented to me was absolutely impossible on what I make and with my other obligations.