What Are the Symptoms of Lymphoma?

Lymphoma patients can experience very different symptoms depending on the subtype of lymphoma they have and how it affects their organs and systems of the body.

If you have lymphoma, you may have one or more — or none — of the following symptoms:

  • Swollen lymph nodes that usually don't hurt (especially lymph nodes in the neck or armpit)
  • Lymph nodes that swell rapidly
  • Tumors that damage internal organs (leading to bone marrow, kidney, liver or heart failure, or one infection on top of another one)
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Chronic fevers without any known infection
  • Drenching night sweats
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Unexplained weight loss

In general, the severity of the symptoms is due to either the amount of disease that’s present or how fast the tumor is growing. Both those factors are determined by the lymphoma subtype. For this reason, the diagnosis and staging of the disease must be precise.

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