Non-Hodgkin lymphoma symptoms vary from person to person. They may include:
- Painless swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, groin or underarm
- Heavy night sweats
- Weight loss without a known reason
- Severe itchiness
- Reddened patches on the skin
- Nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
- Coughing or shortness of breath
- Headaches, concentration problems, personality changes
Symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma also often differ by the type of disease. Low-grade (indolent) non-Hodgkin lymphoma develops slowly. Patients may have painless swelling of lymph nodes (usually in the neck or over the collarbone) but appear healthy otherwise. The swelling may go away for a while and then return. If low-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma spreads outside the lymph nodes, there may be discomfort in the affected area.
Aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma grows quicker and tends to have more symptoms than low-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Symptoms may include:
- Pain in neck, arms or abdomen
- Fever and/or night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness in arms and/or legs
These symptoms do not always mean you have non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may also signal other health problems.
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