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Signs and Symptoms

Some Common Symptoms of Lymphoma can include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss 
  • Night sweats
  • Itching
  • Persistant cough or shortness of breath

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    Other signs and symptoms that could be specific to a subtype of lymphoma are outlined in the table below:

Symptom General Location in the Body

Painless lymph node enlargement

>2cm most common often in the neck, underarm or groin

Fevers, night sweats, tiredness, weight loss >10%

As lymphoma can trigger an immune response it can cause symptoms similar to those that develop when the body is fighting an infection

 Widespread itching

Caused by immune cell histamine release similar to the itching of allergic conditions. Sometimes triggered by alcohol

Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain

If lymphoma is affecting the digestive tract

Shortness of breath, cough

If lymphoma is affecting the chest

Headaches, vision changes, seizures

If lymphoma is affecting the brain


If lymphoma is affecting the red blood cells

Susceptible to infections eg shingles

If lymphoma is crowding out the bone marrow

Reddened patches on the skin

Can occur if lymphoma cells localised there causing inflammation