Non-Hodgkin lymphoma symptoms can vary based on the specific subtype of the condition. For instance, low-grade lymphomas often develop slowly and produce no symptoms other than periodic, painless swelling in the lymph nodes (small, bean-shaped glands located throughout the body). However, because these glands are part of the body’s immune system and often swell in response to infection, swollen lymph nodes are very common and are rarely a sign of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in healthy individuals.
In addition to painless lymph node enlargement in the neck, underarms or groin, other possible symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include:
- Night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss
- Skin redness and itchiness
- Persistent coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
When possible lymphoma symptoms occur, it is always important to see a medical professional who can provide an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma is welcome to consult with the multispecialty team of experts at Moffitt Cancer Center, and no referrals are required. The specialists in our renowned Malignant Hematology Program are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating all forms of lymphoma. Our unique tumor board develops an individualized plan for each patient, overseeing all aspects of the patient’s treatment and support in a single location.
As the only National Cancer Institute-recognized Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, Moffitt is nationally known for groundbreaking research efforts. Through our robust clinical trials program, we offer our patients early access to leading-edge lymphoma treatments before those options are made available in other settings, allowing them to benefit from our progress as quickly as possible.