Many times, the first sign of lymphoma is a painless swelling in the neck, under an arm, or in the groin area.
- An enlarged lymph node sometimes causes other symptoms by pressing against a vein or lymphatic vessel (swelling of an arm or leg), a nerve (pain, numbness, or tingling), or the stomach (early feeling of fullness).
- Lymph nodes or tissues elsewhere in the body may also swell. The spleen, for example, may become enlarged in lymphoma.
Most people have no other symptoms. However, additional symptoms may include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Night sweats
- Lack of energy
- Itching (up to 25% of patients develop this itch, most commonly in the lower extremity but it can occur anywhere, be local, or spreading over the whole body)
These symptoms are nonspecific. This means that they could be caused by any number of conditions unrelated to cancer. For instance, they could be signs of the flu or other viral infection, but in those cases, they would not last very long. In lymphoma, the symptoms persist over time and cannot be explained by an infection or another disease.
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