The lumps may be confined to one area of the body, such as the neck, or develop in multiple areas, such as the neck, armpits and groin. Lymphoma lumps have a rubbery feel and are usually painless. While some lymphoma lumps develop within a matter of days, others can take months or even years to become noticeable.
The most common sign of lymphoma is a lump or lumps, usually in the neck, armpit or groin. These lumps are swollen lymph nodes, sometimes known as 'glands'. Usually, they're painless. Fatigue is different to normal tiredness.
Lymphoma is cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. These cells are in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body.
Signs and Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Enlarged lymph nodes.
- Weight loss.
- Fatigue (feeling very tired)
- Swollen abdomen (belly)
- Feeling full after only a small amount of food.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Shortness of breath or cough.
Most types of lymphoma can't be diagnosed by a blood test. However, blood tests can help your medical team find out how lymphoma and its treatment are affecting your body. They can also be used to find out more about your general health.
These grow so slowly that patients can live for many years mostly without symptoms, although some may experience pain from an enlarged lymph gland. After five to 10 years, low-grade disorders begin to progress rapidly to become aggressive or high-grade and produce more severe symptoms.
Anaplastic large cell lymphomas (ALCL) may come with symptoms such as fever, backache, painless swelling of lymph nodes, poor appetite, itchy skin, rashes and fatigue. Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) often causes symptoms such as fever, night sweats, rashes and itchy skin.
Normal Ranges for Blood Count Results. The number of each type of cell in the blood is often referred to as the “count.” Many of the treatments used for lymphoma can affect your blood counts, as can lymphoma itself. Usually, blood counts return to normal after cancer treatment is complete.
Having a high white blood cell count (15,000 or higher). Having a low lymphocyte count (below 600 or less than 8% of the white blood cell count).
You feel as if you have no energy and could spend whole day in bed. Waking up tired after a full night's sleep. Feeling sluggish or slow. Trouble thinking and making decisions.
(pree-KER-ser T-LIM-foh-BLAS-tik lim-FOH-muh) A type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in which too many T-cell lymphoblasts (immature white blood cells) are found in the lymph nodes and spleen. It is most common in young men. Also called T-lymphoblastic lymphoma.
You can always ask questions about your imaging. Lymph node biopsy. Your doctor may recommend a lymph node biopsy procedure to remove all or part of a lymph node for laboratory testing. Analyzing lymph node tissue in a lab may reveal whether you have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and, if so, which type.
This occurs because the lymphoma cells produce certain chemicals that can increase a person's body temperature. As a result, it's common for individuals with lymphoma to experience severe night sweats that leave their pajamas, sheets and blankets soaking wet.
Lymphomas make up about 1.7 to 3.1 percent of all salivary gland cancers, which can cause symptoms such as: a lump or swelling in your mouth, cheek, neck, or jaw. persistent pain in these areas.
Weight gain is also extremely common among patients with prostate cancer, as well as lymphoma, multiple myeloma and chronic leukemia.
Blood chemistry tests are often done to look at how well the kidney and liver function are working. If lymphoma has been diagnosed, the lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level may be checked. LDH levels are often increased in patients with lymphomas.
Complete blood count (CBC)
White blood cells, which fight infection. A low white blood cell count can occur due to lymphoma or other conditions, like an autoimmune disorder. Lymphoma sometimes shows in the blood as an abnormally high white blood cell count. Platelets, which are cells that clot the blood.
Chest pain or lower back pain
Rarely, lymphoma affects lymph nodes located in the lower back. Swelling there may put pressure on the nerves of the spinal cord. However, there are many more likely causes of lower back pain than lymphoma. You should contact your doctor about any persistent pain anywhere on your body.
3. What are the symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma? The most common signs of Hodgkin lymphoma are swollen (painless) lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin, as well as fever, night sweats and weight loss. Other symptoms can include itchy skin, fatigue, cough or shortness of breath.
Abdominal pain is a common symptom of gastrointestinal lymphoma. The pain stems from the presence of a growing mass, which may also cause a blockage. According to a study in the journal, BMJ Open Gastroenterology, abdominal pain occurs in about 45 percent to 65 percent of patients with gastrointestinal lymphoma.
Many people with lymphoma don't have obvious symptoms at first. They think they have a cold or the flu. Important warning signs include: A sudden, painless swelling in the neck, groin or underarm area that doesn't resolve.
A lymphoma lump will tend to be painless and feel rubbery when touched. Swollen lymph nodes caused by other conditions like the flu can make your lymph nodes swell and feel tender when touched. A lymphoma lump also tends to be movable under the skin versus hard and unmovable.
You might have an ultrasound scan to help diagnose non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Ultrasound scans are useful for looking at individual organs such as the liver and kidneys and showing any changes.