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Recognising Lymphoma


People with lymphoma may experience 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 appetitte
  • Itchiness
  • Neck or flank pain

However, lymphoma is difficult to diagnose because these signs and symptoms are usually mild. Some patients 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 patient or physician because they may be confined to areas inside the chest or abdomen.

Tiredness, loss of appetite and a general sense of not feeling well are very common complaints but are not specific and cannot be used as a sole basis of diagnosis. Therefore, the usual method of diagnosis is to take a biopsy of the node and have a pathologist examine it.

Last Review Date: August 28, 2020