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Lymphoma

Lymphoma: What Are The Symptoms?

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19/04/2012 - 13:46

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

The first sign of lymphoma is often a painless lump or swollen gland in the neck, abdomen, underarm, or groin area. Lymphomas are often discovered during a visit to the doctor for another reason, or during a routine physical exam.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Red patches on the skin.
  • Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain.
  • Coughing or breathlessness.

Some people with lymphoma develop other symptoms, called B symptoms, which include:

  • Drenching night sweats.
  • Unexplained weight loss, usually more than 10% of total body weight.
  • Fever of more than 100 degrees Farenheit, which can come and go, especially in the evening.
  • Itching skin, usually without a rash.
  • Unusual tiredness.

Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person has lymphoma, but if these symptoms last longer than two or three weeks, you should see a doctor.

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From Andrew Maynard - Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, with help from David Faulkner - 2013 Master of Public Health graduate.