If you experience any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to cancer. Most of these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. If you experience any one of them, see your physician.

Symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma vary, depending on where the cancer is located.

First Signs

The first signs of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may be any of the following:

Painless swelling of the neck, underarm, or groin – however, swollen lymph nodes occur for many reasons, most frequently infections.

Swollen Lymph Nodes

Swollen Lymph Nodes
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Abdominal swelling, indigestion, or stomach pain – may occur if the cancer is in the abdominal lymph tissue, blocks the intestines, or has damaged the abdominal lining and allowed fluid to collect.

Coughing or shortness of breath – may occur if the cancer starts in the chest. This can put pressure on the windpipe. If a tumor in this area compresses the superior vena cava, swelling in the head and arms may also occur.

General Symptoms

As a greater number of cancer cells develop, general symptoms may include:

  • Unexplained fever
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Itchy skin