Hodgkin Lymphoma Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma are swollen lymph nodes and general fatigue. An individual might notice a painless lump (enlarged lymph node) in their neck, armpit or groin, or simply feel tired all the time for no apparent reason. However, Hodgkin lymphoma is not the most common cause of lymph node swelling or fatigue, which are also symptoms of other, less serious conditions. For instance, in most cases, enlarged lymph nodes are caused by minor infections. Therefore, it’s always best to discuss these and other signs of lymphoma with a physician who can identify the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatment.

Other symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Night sweats
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Skin redness and itchiness
  • Nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Persistent coughing or shortness of breath
  • Pain behind the breast bone
  • Increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol
  • Lymph node pain after alcohol consumption

Because Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the body’s lymphatic system (a part of the immune system), the cancerous cells can crowd out healthy cells in the bone marrow and affect the body’s blood cell counts. For instance, if the cancerous cells destroy or inhibit the body’s production of red blood cells, an individual might experience anemia. Likewise, low white blood cell counts can result in frequent infections, and low blood platelet counts can lead to easy bruising and bleeding.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, the multispecialty team in our Malignant Hematology Program collaboratively evaluates each patient’s Hodgkin lymphoma symptoms and test results. After confirming a diagnosis, these experts will develop a highly individualized treatment plan and closely monitor the patient’s progress on an ongoing basis. In a single, convenient location, Moffitt’s patients have access to a full range of treatments and supportive care services, including innovative therapies offered through our robust clinical trials program.

If you have questions about Hodgkin lymphoma symptoms, you can talk with the experts at Moffitt with or without a referral. To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-MOFFITT or complete a new patient registration form online.