What are common symptoms of lymphoma?
What are common symptoms of lymphoma and how would you describe this kind of cancer?
Lymphoma is a disease of the lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the body’s immune system. When the cells become malignant, not only do they change or stop their normal function to defend the body, but they multiply uncontrollably and create additional problems.
There are many types of lymphomas, usually categorized as Hodgkin’s Disease or Non-Hodgkin’s Disease. Because lymphoma is a cancer of the blood and lymphatic system, it may not have many external signs. Common symptoms include night sweats, lack of energy, fever, difficulty sleeping, weight loss, swelling or mass of the lymph nodes (most usually seen under arms, in groin area, or on the neck). A person may also feel increased size of an abdominal organ, such as a liver or spleen. The Lymphoma Research Foundation is a wonderful resource at www.lymphoma.org.
My symptoms have been lumps appearing: First time above the skin and Second time below the skin. In each case the lumps would slowly increase in size. No pain or other discomfort.
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