Lymphoma is relatively easy to
diagnose. However, it often escapes detection in the early stages. Early
symptoms may be either nonexistent or fairly mild. Symptoms of lymphoma are
also non-specific. Common symptoms are easily overlooked or ignored. They
- night sweats
- unexplained weight loss
The first clear sign of
possible lymphoma is usually an enlarged lymph node. Nodes may be tender or
even painful to the touch. However, many people have no pain. Non-Hodgkin
lymphomas (NHLs) are more likely to cause painless swelling.
The lymph nodes are widely
distributed throughout the body. Some are deep. Others are fairly close to the
surface. Swellings in more superficial locations are more noticeable. These
include lymph nodes in the:
A lump at one of these sites
does not necessarily indicate lymphoma. Swollen lymph nodes are more likely to
be caused by infection than cancer. For example, swelling in the nodes of the
neck is frequently linked to sinus infections. During infection, white blood
cells (lymphocytes) flood the nodes.
Swellings in the nodes of the
armpits or abdomen need more immediate attention. They are less likely to be
related to temporary infections.
Fatigue and listlessness can be
symptoms of lymphoma. However, fatigue can also be a sign of nothing more than
insufficient sleep or poor diet. However, persistent fatigue is something that
should be checked out by a doctor. Even if it’s not caused by lymphoma, it may
be a sign of another condition needing treatment.
Night Sweats, Chills and Fever
Fever is a natural response to
infection. It’s often accompanied by chills. Night sweats may occur if you have
a fever while asleep.
Unexplained fevers that come
and go repeatedly should be reported to a physician for further evaluation.
They can be a sign of lymphoma.
Unexplained Weight Loss
unexplained weight loss of 10 percent or more of body weight may signal
lymphoma. Like other lymphoma symptoms, it may also be due to other medical
conditions. Extensive and unintentional weight loss should be discussed with a
doctor. It can be a sign of a serious health problem.
Rash and Itching
sometimes cause an itchy rash. Rashes are most commonly seen in lymphomas of
the skin. They may appear as reddish or purple scaly areas. These rashes often
occur in skin folds. They can spread as the lymphoma progresses. They can easily be confused with other
conditions like eczema. Lymphoma can also form lumps or nodules under the skin.
Chest Pain or Lower Back Pain
is a small, two-lobed organ that is located behind the breast bone (sternum)
and between the lungs. It’s part of the immune system. Occasionally lymphoma
affects the thymus gland, and this can cause chest pain.
lymphoma affects lymph nodes located in the lower back. Swelling there may put
pressure on the nerves of the spinal cord. However, there are many other more
likely causes of lower back pain.