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The symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma vary based on the specific subtype of lymphoma a patient has. However, the most common signs of non-Hodgkin lymphoma are pain and swelling in the lymph nodes, which are small glands located throughout the body – particularly in the neck, underarms or groin. This symptom often goes unreported, however, because swollen lymph nodes are very common and often occur as part of the immune system’s response to infection.

There are a number of other symptoms that, combined with the presence of swollen lymph nodes, may indicate non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is important to be aware of these symptoms so you can report them to a physician if they appear. 10 additional non-Hodgkin lymphoma symptoms that you should look out for include:

  1. Fever
  2. Fatigue
  3. Nausea or vomiting
  4. Shortness of breath
  5. Unexplained weight loss
  6. Persistent cough
  7. Night sweats
  8. Confusion
  9. Headaches
  10. Skin itchiness and redness

Less common symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

In addition to those mentioned above, non-Hodgkin lymphoma can cause less common symptoms that are specific to the cancer’s location in the body. The less common symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include:

  • Abdominal swelling or pain and a loss of appetite when the cancer is in the abdomen
  • Coughing, trouble breathing or chest pain when the cancer is in the chest
  • Itchy red or purple bumps when the cancer is in the skin

What should I do if I am showing symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

While the presence of these non-Hodgkin lymphoma symptoms does not necessarily mean you have cancer, it is important to promptly consult a physician who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment, if necessary. The specialists in Moffitt Cancer Center’s Malignant Hematology Program provide this level of specialized treatment to patients with all types of lymphoma by collaborating as a tumor board to ensure each patient’s treatment plan is tailored to address the challenges of their unique cancer. Our individualized treatment plans, in addition to the expertise of our physicians, can make all the difference in providing the best chance at a favorable outcome and an improved quality of life for our patients.

If you would like to consult with a Moffitt physician about your non-Hodgkin lymphoma symptoms, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. Referrals are not required.