Symptoms of Lymphoma Cancer
Lymphoma cancer is one of the unfortunate conditions that can be very difficult to diagnose. This is mainly due to the symptoms, which can actually be evident in a number of common illnesses that are not at all related to the cancer..
Swollen lymph nodes
It is thought that the most common symptom of lymphoma cancer is swollen lymph nodes. This can occur in many areas of the body including the neck, abdomen, armpits, chest and even the skin. It is generally suggested that swelling in the chest, abdomen and armpits should merit a visit to the doctor, as these areas are less likely to swell due to other conditions. In the case of lymph nodes being swollen in the skin, this will usually result in red or purple lumps being evident. If they are painful this could indicate a case of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, while no pain but more of a tender sensation could mean that the patient is suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Unfortunately, as with many of the other symptoms, swollen lymph nodes can occur due to a number of other reasons. For example, a sinus infection or even the flu can cause this symptom in the neck area although it’s suggested that if they last for a prolonged period, the sufferer should issue slight concern and visit the doctor. What’s more, statistics highlight that seven out of ten sufferers of lymphoma cancer have reported a swollen lymph in the neck area, while just one out of four have suffered from other symptoms such as those described below.
Experiencing pain following alcohol consumption
This is a symptom a little similar to the above as it again relates to swollen lymph nodes. The consumption of alcohol puts a large amount of stress on the body and if the lymphatic system is weak, a person will be able to feel these frailties significantly. The sufferer is likely to feel many aches and pains through their muscles following alcohol through this symptom.
As lymphoma cancer affects white blood cells, there will obviously be a cause for concern if a person is constantly suffering from fevers. Again, there could be a whole host of reasons behind this, but recurring fevers should definitely be analysed by an expert.
Abnormal weight loss
It is generally recommended that if a person's body weight drops by over 10%, this could also be a sign of lymphoma cancer.
Changes in skin complexion
There are a number of skin issues that correlate with lymphoma cancer. Some people who have been diagnosed have seen their skin turn a shade of yellow, although the most common symptom in this area is the appearance of itchy rashes and lumps.
Pain in the lower back
This symptom highlights just how lymphoma cancer can affect the whole body. Once again it is related to the swelling of lymph nodes as they could affect the nerves around the lower back area. However, this symptom is not very common and should probably only be considered alongside other possible signs.