Symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can cause different symptoms depending on where it is found in the body. The most common symptom is a painless swelling of a lymph node (e.g. in the neck, underarm or groin).
Non-hodgkin lymphoma can cause what are known as “B symptoms”:
- unexplained and regular fevers
- excessive sweating, particularly at night
- loss of appetite or unintentional weight loss.
Other symptoms may include ongoing tiredness (known as fatigue) or itchy skin (rarely). Sometimes non-Hodgkin lymphoma starts in lymph nodes in deeper parts of the body, such as the stomach (causing bloating) or the chest (causing coughing and difficulty breathing).
These symptoms are common to many conditions, such as the flu or a virus. If you are concerned, make an appointment to see your general practitioner (GP).
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Dr Ian Bilmon, Haematologist, Westmead and Sydney Adventist Hospitals; Dr Anne Capp, Radiation Oncologist, Calvary Mater Newcastle; Rachelle Frith, Clinical Nurse Consultant Haematology, Prince of Wales Hospital; Jason Gardner, Consumer; A/Prof Angela Hong, Radiation Oncologist, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and Clinical Professor, The University of Sydney; Yvonne King, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Samantha Rennie, Social Worker, Cancer Services, St George Hospital. We also thank the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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