Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer that originates in the lymphatic system. It can cause a variety of symptoms, depending the type of lymphoma, and on where it is in the body. There are often no symptoms until it grows quite large.
COMMON SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, groin or underarms
- Unexplained weight loss
- Night sweats
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Frequent or severe infections
- Feeling full after eating only a small amount of food
- Coughing or shortness of breath
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Chest pain or pressure in the chest
SYMPTOMS of Lymphoma in Lymph Nodes
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can cause lymph nodes to become enlarged. When this occurs in the lymph nodes on the sides of the neck, in the groin or underarms, they can be felt as lumps under the skin, and may be visible. They are usually not painful.
- Even though enlarged lymph nodes are a symptom of NHL, they are more commonly caused by an infection. Lymph nodes that enlarge due to an infection are called reactive nodesor hyperplastic nodes and are often tender to the touch.
SYMPTOMS of Lymphoma in the Abdomen
- Abdominal lymphomas can cause swelling and pain in the abdomen. This could be due to swollen lymph nodes, the build-up of fluid, or enlarged organs such as the liver or spleen. An enlarged spleen can press against the stomach, which may lead to a loss of appetite, or cause a feeling of fullness after eating only a small meal.
- Lymphomas in the stomach or intestines can cause nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
SYMPTOMS of Lymphoma in the Chest
- When lymphoma starts in the lymph nodes of the chest, it may press against the trachea (windpipe), and cause chest pain, a feeling of pressure in the chest, and difficulty breathing.
- Lymphomas in the chest can also compress the superior vena cava (SVC), the large vein that carries blood from the head, neck, chest and arms back to the heart. This can cause blood to back up in the veins, which could lead to coughing, shortness of breath, and swelling of the face and upper body.
- This is known as SVC Syndrome:It can be life threatening and must be treated immediately.
SYMPTOMS of Lymphoma of the Brain
- Primary brain lymphomas are lymphomas of the brain. They can cause headaches, confusion, hallucinations, personality changes and
- Other types of lymphoma can spread to the areas around the brain and spinal cord, and cause difficulty speaking, double vision, and facial numbness.
SYMPTOMS of Lymphoma in the Skin
- Skin lymphomas can be seen or felt, as they often appear as tumors or bumps under the skin. Symptoms can include dry skin, severe itching, a rash, and enlarged lymph nodes.
Having one or more of the above symptoms does not mean you have lymphoma. Many of them are often caused by other conditions, such as an infection.