Symptoms and Signs of Lymphoma (Hodgkin's Disease and
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma)

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Lymphoma (Hodgkin's Disease and
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma)

Lymphoma is a type of cancer of the cells of the immune system. Lymphomas are broadly divided into two groups: Hodgkin lymphomas (Hodgkin’s disease) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or NHL. Within these categories there are many different subtypes of lymphomas that differ in their behavior and response to treatment. The cause of lymphoma is not completely understood. It is likely that both genetic and environmental factors play a role in its development.

Symptoms and signs of lymphoma can include enlargement of the lymph nodes anywhere in the body. This enlargement (often referred to as “swollen glands”) is usually painless. In some cases, other associated symptoms can occur, including fevers, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss, chest pain or pressure, abdominal swelling, shortness of breath, and weakness.

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