According to Mayo Clinic, some of the signs and symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) include:
Several “B symptoms” are also associated with NHL, such as:
There are several types of lymphoma, which is a form of cancer that involves a portion of your lymphatic system. This system, in turn, is a part of your body’s immune system. Its role is to filter through the various materials moving around your body to filter out things that might be harmful.
When lymphocytes (cancer cells in your lymphatic system) start to grow at an accelerated and unmanageable rate, they cause your lymph nodes to enlarge. This is why enlarged or swollen lymph nodes are one of the first signs of NHL. They are your body’s way of telling you that your lymphatic system is in overdrive trying to eliminate all the unwanted substances it’s finding in your system.
If you are not sure how to detect a swollen lymph node, check for lumps that reside under your skin, yet close to the surface. Common places you might find these lumps include the sides of your neck, above your collar bone, in the groin area, and around your underarms.
According to the American Cancer Society, the type of symptoms you may experience as a function of having NHL depend upon where in your body the cancer is developing.
When lymphomas take hold of the abdomen, they grow and start to exert pressure against the stomach. This explains the feeling of being full when you have hardly eaten anything. Your belly might start to swell and cause you pain, which could be because your spleen, liver, or other organ is getting bigger.
If the cancer is growing in your stomach or intestines, you may experience abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
If lymph nodes begin to get bigger in the chest region, they can press on your windpipe. This might result in coughing, chest pain, or difficulty breathing. In some cases, lymphomas develop in the large superior vena cava (SVC), which directs blood to the heart from your arms and your head. Blood will start to back up into your veins, causing a blackish-blue color, and you may lose consciousness. This is a serious problem called SVC syndrome and should be immediately treated.
NHL lymphomas can develop in the brain or grow elsewhere and spread to the brain and spinal cord. Each situation yields its own brand of symptoms.
When lymphomas develop in the brain, you might experience headaches, seizures, personality changes, and difficulty thinking.
When lymphomas spread to the brain or spinal cord, you may have double vision, trouble speaking, and a numbness of your face.
Because so many NHL symptoms can look like other medical conditions, like infections, it is important that you see a doctor for a diagnosis to determine if your symptoms are caused by this cancer.
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