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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Symptoms

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma symptoms vary from person to person. They may include:

  • Painless swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, groin or underarm
  • Fevers
  • Heavy night sweats
  • Tiredness
  • 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’s lymphoma also often differ by the type of disease. Low-grade (indolent) non-Hodgkin’s 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’s lymphoma spreads outside the lymph nodes, there may be discomfort in the affected area.

Aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma grows quicker and tends to have more symptoms than low-grade non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain in neck, arms or abdomen
  • Fever and/or night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness in arms and/or legs
  • Confusion

These symptoms do not always mean you have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may also signal other health problems.

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