Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 1 decade ago

What are the symptoms for Lymphoma?

Specifically in women.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Lymphoma occurs inoccuously, often so harmlessly that it takes some time before you may realize that there is anything seriously wrong. Here is a list of the common symptoms of lymphoma. But you must remember that most of these symptoms are common with many harmless conditions. You should not panic if you have any of these symptoms. Consult your doctor, and he will be able to address most of your fears and doubts.

    1. Painless lumps in your neck, armpits or groin

    This is the most common symptom and often the only one. These are enlarged lymph nodes. Most people first notice these lumps while bathing or changing, or they may be first felt by your partner. All of the other symptoms that are given below should be present along with these enlarged nodes to be specific as a warning for lymphoma. Only an enlargement of nodes may not be specific for lymphoma. See the article Are enlarged nodes always a sign of lymphoma?

    2. Weight loss

    Weight loss usually occurs rapidly over a period of a few months for no known reason. Often an individual can lose ten to fifteen pounds over a couple of months.

    3. Fever

    Fever that is continuous or occurs intermittently over a period of time and doesn't seem related to a chest or urinary infection should be a cause for you to consult a doctor. Fever that is related to node swellings occurs commonly with infections and many lymphomas are often mistaken as infections at the early stage. Occasionally, in those affected by Hodgkin lymphoma, a characteristic fever called Pel-Ebstein fever occurs.

    4. Excessive sweating at night

    This unique situation may be quite bothersome. You may wake up at night drenched in sweat without any apparent reason.

    5. Itchiness all over your body

    Another unique situation that is related to the secretion of some special chemicals from the lymphoma cells.

    6. Loss of appetite

    As lymphomas spread within your body and grow in size, many individuals feel a considerable loss in their appetite. Weight loss of more than 10% can be a matter of concern as it is a poor prognostic factor for lymphomas. See the article on B-symptoms of lymphoma.

    7. A feeling of weakness

    As cancer cells are always growing, they use up more of the body's nutrients, leaving the body with less. This makes you feel weaker.

    8. Breathlessness along with swelling of the face and neck

    Rarely, when a lymphoma in the neck or chest grows very large, it may block the flow of some vessels and lead to a swelling of the face and neck along with a feeling of breathlessness.

    As lymphomas can occur in any organ, may give rise to some unusual symptoms as well. A lymphoma in the stomach can cause pain in the abdomen, and a lymphoma in the brain can cause a headache or leg weakness.

    General symptoms of lymphoma

    Lymphoma is often first noticed as painless enlarged lymph nodes (adenopathy or lymphadenopathy). However, most of the time, enlarged lymph nodes do not mean lymphoma. Only a biopsy and subsequent pathology evaluations of the tissue can determine or exclude the diagnosis of lymphoma.

    See Lymphadenopathy: Differential Diagnosis and Evaluation Robert Ferrer, M.D., M.P.H. - American Family Physician for an excellent description of lymphadenopathy, as well as the many benign causes of enlarge lymph nodes.

    Symptoms can vary widely depending on the type of lymphoma, and where the lymphoma is actively growing. Symptoms related to bone marrow dysfunction, such as anemia (low red blood cell count), are not as common when the disease is first diagnosed, but are likely to present in later stages of the disease and also as side effect of some treatments. MALT lymphomas may present as an upset stomach; or a change in bowel movement could be caused by an enlarged lymph node.

    Reporting symptoms: It can be difficult at times to identify the meaning of a symptom. Some symptoms may be common to certain stages of lymphoma and to specific treatments. But you may have or develop other medical conditions and illnesses that are unrelated to lymphoma, such as flu or an ulcer.

    When informing your doctor about a symptom also describe:


    the intensity using a scale of 1 to 10


    for visible symptoms, describe the size and appearance


    when it started


    how long it has lasted


    if it waxes and wanes


    the medications and supplements you may be taking and when you started taking them


    how the symptom might change when you change position


    if the symptom is associated with meals or specific foods


    the time of day the symptom might be most intense

    These and other like details can assist your doctor in identifying the possible cause or causes, or if further tests are warranted.

    Also see our Symptoms Checklist (PDF)

    Alphabetical List | B-Symptoms | Systemic Symptoms

    Alphabetical list of common symptoms:

    Unexplained and persi

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago


  • Anonymous
    4 years ago


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  • 5 years ago

    This could be anything you do realize. Take her to a doctor and get some tests. One symptom I can assure you that spawns from any type of Lymphoma is night sweats. I was diagnosed and would wake up soaken when I slept with just shorts in the winter. Look for night sweats. Unforutunately that is a bad sign.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Below are listed some symptoms and if they are indicative of a particular form of lymphoma (Hodgkin's Disease = HL, or a form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma = NHL):

    • Lymph node swelling, often in the upper body area but it can be in almost any node or related lymph system organ. The node is usually NOT painful as opposed to infected lymph nodes which are common and can be painful (HL, NHL)

    • A lack of energy, general fatigue. (HL, NHL)

    • Weight loss - usually at least 10% over a short time (HL, NHL)

    • Fevers which can come and go. This can be accompanied by chills or a feeling of temperature swings (HL, NHL)

    • Night sweats - unexplained sweating at night, often drenching (more often HL than NHL)

    • Itching - itching without an apparent cause or rash, sometimes deep in the skin rather than on the surface, sometimes on different parts of the body (more often HL than NHL) • Fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) for over one week.

    Less Often:

    • Some people have lower back pain that is unexplained (may be caused by expanding lymph nodes pressing on nerves). (HL, NHL)

    • Lymph nodes are possibly painful after alcohol consumption. (HL)

    • Skin patches, lesions, itching (NHL of the skin / cutaneous)

  • 1 decade ago

    Depends on the kind. For my mother, she had a non painful lump in her neck just below the jaw. No other symptoms. (non-hodgkins lymphoma) If you are concerned, talk to a doctor.

  • 5 years ago

    Don't know if its lymphoma -- one leg feels so heavy, which seems to start at the junction of that leg and torso. its not numb or painful, but HEAVY.

    Strangely, I also (at same time) have constant pain and bumps on my neck.

    Anyone else?

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago


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