Lymphoma signifies a type of cancer whereby the lymphatic system malfunctions to produce blood cell tumours in the lymph glands and sometimes, even other parts of the body. Though the World Health Organization categorizes Lymphoma into four types, mostly, the condition has two strains – Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma; about 90% of all cases fall into the latter category.
It is important to remember that this is not the most common of cancers in terms of rate of prevalence. Thus, people are often ignorant of its existence and often unaware of signs to watch out for. Here’s a list of symptoms typically associated with Lymphoma.
1. Temperature Swings
People with Lymphoma report recurrent fever spells which are not associable with any particular condition. Often, when occurring in conjunction with some other symptoms, the mild fever becomes misleading, causing misdiagnosis of cancer as less serious conditions. Hodgkin Lymphoma is also associated with a typical Pel-Ebstein Fever where a high-grade fever keeps rising and falling every 7-10 days. The fever in both Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma may be accompanied by chills.
2. Swelling of Lymph Nodes
The most distinctive symptom associated with Lymphoma is the painless swelling of lymph nodes. The swelling occurs due to cancerous tumours getting deposited in the lymph nodes, without the blood cells getting filtered by means of the lymphatic function. Mostly, the swelling first occurs in the lymph nodes of the neck and armpits but it may also be witnessed in areas such as the groin or abdomen.
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