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| 11/07/2021

Warning Signs of Lymphoma

Lymphoma is a particular type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system, which is the body’s natural germ-fighting network. The body’s immune system contains cells called lymphocytes, which can sometimes become abnormal and grow out of control. This is known as lymphoma.

Lymphoma is a complex cancer with over 70 different types and subtypes, and is classified under two main categories: Hodgkin Lymphoma (of which there are 6 types) and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (of which there are over 60 types and subtypes).

There are many different symptoms and warning signs of lymphoma and they can often be confused with other diseases, as lymphoma symptoms can be nonspecific and subtle. However, there are a number of symptoms that you should look out for in particular, which we’ll outline below.

What are the symptoms of lymphoma?

  • Lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes): This is the main warning sign of lymphoma. Swollen lymph nodes aren’t usually painful but can get quite uncomfortable. Swollen lymph nodes are often found in the side of the neck, groin or armpit, and can sometimes cause trouble breathing or even a cough.
  • Persistent fatigue: Fatigue is another common symptom of lymphoma. If you find yourself feeling drained and washed out even after doing very little, you may be experiencing fatigue. Fatigue is not the same as normal tiredness and cannot be easily fixed with a little sleep or rest. And whilst fatigue can be caused by many different things & one of which is lymphoma.
  • Night sweats: Lymphoma can cause intense night sweats in many people, and are often described as drenching due to the fact that these particular night sweats can actually soak through your nightclothes and bed sheets. Despite the fact that they are called night sweats, this can actually happen at any time during the day.
  • Unintended weight loss: If you are losing a lot of weight for no particular reason, lymphoma could potentially be the cause. Whilst unexplained weight loss can be caused by other conditions and illnesses, lymphoma could also be the cause behind it.
  • Itching: or itching as it is more commonly known, is another main warning sign of lymphoma. If you come out in a rash unexpectedly or begin itching for no particular reason, it could be due to lymphoma.

Lymphoma affects everybody differently – some people can experience a lot of different symptoms whilst others may only experience one or two.

The above mentioned are the main, most common symptoms of lymphoma, but there are still other warning signs that you should keep an eye on, such as, loss of appetite, fever, chills, chest pain, frequent infections, easy bruising or bleeding etc. If you have any persistent symptoms from the above and are worried you may be experiencing the warning signs of lymphoma, it’s best to see your doctor.

Cancer care at Ramsay Health Care

If you’re looking for advice or want to find out more about lymphoma, you can read more about Lymphoma care and treatments at Ramsay, or get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment with one of our specialists.

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