Non-Hodgkins lymphoma Cancer is one of the most common cancer and even more common than any other type of lymphoma. The advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer have helped in improving the identification and treating the disease. There are various signs and symptoms of non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer which may differ depending on the type of the lymphoma and the body part where it originated.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of non- Hodgkins lymphoma cancer include:
- Painless swelling in the lymph nodes
- A cough
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Breath shortening
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Sudden weight loss
- Difficulty in the movement of some body parts
- Swollen belly
- Feeling Full
- Chest pain
- Frequent infections
- Easy bleeding
- Night sweats
- Abdomen pain
- A backache
Signs and symptoms when lymphoma affects the abdominal area:
- Enlarging of liver or spleen.
- Swelling in the abdominal area.
- Prolonged pain in the abdomen.
- Building up large amounts of fluids.
- Loss of appetite.
Signs and symptoms when lymphoma affects chest:
- Trouble in breathing.
- Chest pain.
- A feeling of pressure in the chest.
- SVC syndrome.
Signs and symptoms when lymphoma affects the brain:
- Prolonged headache.
- Changes in personality.
- Mood swings.
- Double vision.
- Facial numbness.
- Trouble in speaking.
Signs and symptoms when lymphoma affects the skin:
- Red or purple lumps under the skin.
Signs and symptoms when non-Hodgkins lymphoma spreads to bone marrow:
- Reduced blood cells.
- Reduced ability to fight infections.
- Easy bruising and bleeding.
There are various risk factors that might lead or increase the risk of non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer:
- Medications that mostly suppress the immune system.
- Getting infected with certain viruses and bacteria such as HIV and Epstein-Barr virus.
- Exposure to some harmful chemicals which are used to used to kill insects and weeds.
- This type of cancer is common in the people who are in their 60s hence, older age is also one of the risk factors.
It is always advisable to seek the help and guidance of the physician if the symptoms prolong for many days and especially if the swollen glands don’t go away even after 6 weeks.