Lymphoma symptoms can vary depending on the type of lymphoma a patient has developed. However, it should be noted that it is possible to experience one or more of the symptoms associated with lymphoma without having the condition, as these symptoms could be attributed to other medical issues. Also, some patients have been diagnosed with lymphoma without having shown any symptoms. It is important for any patient who is concerned about lymphoma to consult with a physician who can order a series of diagnostic tests to either confirm or rule out cancer as a cause.
There are two primary types of lymphoma – Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin. While symptoms may vary between the two, there are some symptoms common to both types of lymphoma:
- Painless swelling in the lymph nodes of the neck, groin or stomach region
- Fever of unknown cause
- Severe night sweats
- Unintentional weight loss
- Unexplained rash or itchy skin
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma may also cause pain in the chest, abdomen or bones for no known reason. In addition, for both types of lymphoma, the location of a tumor may affect the presenting symptoms. For instance, if the cancer is affecting the lymph nodes in the chest, breathing difficulties or discomfort in the chest may be experienced.
Moffitt Cancer Center’s Malignant Hematology Program helps people who believe they may have lymphoma make sense of their symptoms. Our board-certified physicians are highly specialized, and can diagnose, treat and help manage symptoms of all forms of lymphoma. In recognition of our scientific excellence, Moffitt has been designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute – the only cancer center based in Florida to receive this distinction. Comprehensive Cancer Centers are known as major developers of new and more effective approaches to cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention. This national prestige allows us to attract top physicians and scientists from around the world – individuals who ultimately shape the outstanding care we give to each and every patient.
For more information on lymphoma symptoms, or to consult with a member of our lymphoma team, call Moffitt Cancer Center at 1-888-MOFFITT or fill out our online patient registration form. No referral is necessary.