Lymphoma is a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic cells in the immune system.

The two main types of lymphatic cancer are Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Unfortunately, most of the main signs of both types of lymphoma are quite subtle. Therefore, it may be difficult for you to know which one of the conditions you actually have.


Here are some common early symptoms Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that you can look out for in order to determine if you have this cancer:

  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, chest, groin, stomach or armpit: This is probably the most common and easily noticeable symptom of this disease. While lymph nodes often swell up due to non-lymphoma related factors such as sinus infections, you should consult a doctor urgently if the swelling persists for longer than two weeks and you don’t have any infections. It is important to note that in most cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the lymph nodes may not become swollen, but they harden.
  • Weight Loss: Individuals who have lymphoma may lose weight rapidly for no apparent reason.
  • Fever: Intermittent fever over a time without any accompanying chest or sinus infections may be an indication of lymphoma.
  • Night sweats: These may regularly occur  in conjunction with a fever.
  • Unexplained skin itchiness: When lymphatic cells multiply uncontrollably due to cancer, they normally secrete some chemicals that cause itchiness and skin inflammation.


In the later stages of lymphoma, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Lack of appetite: As lymphoma spreads through the lymphatic system, most individuals experience a significant loss of appetite, which accelerates weight loss.
  • Fatigue and physical weakness: As cancer cells continue to multiply, they take up more of the nutrients that provide energy in the body, which leaves one feeling weak and fatigued.
  • Shortness of breath: When lymph nodes in the neck and chest swell to a large size, they normally cause breathlessness.


It is essential to remember that lymphoma can occur in any body organ. Because of this, the symptoms of it may be unique on a case by case basis. For instance, when lymphoma occurs in the brain, it can present symptoms such as dementia and headaches.

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Overall, some of the common symptoms of lymphoma may be an indication of non-related medical conditions. Therefore, if you notice any of the symptoms described herein, it is important to consult a doctor in order to get an accurate diagnosis.