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Signs and Symptoms

People who have lymphoma may experience painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the armpits, neck, or groin and/or enlargement of the spleen. They may also be found to have an increase in abnormal lymphocytes in the blood. Those with lymphoma may experience other signs and symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever and chills
  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss (as much as 10% of body weight or more)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itchiness
  • Neck or flank pain

If the affected lymph node is in the chest, it may affect the person's breathing; if it is in the abdomen, it can cause abdominal discomfort. Lymphoma can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because these signs and symptoms are often mild. Some people may have no noticeable signs while others might have a low-grade fever. Usually there are swollen lymph nodes, but the node may not be visible or felt by the person or a healthcare provider.

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