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					Both non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other conditions can cause similar
symptoms. So the presence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cannot be given from
these symptoms. In this case in establishing the diagnosis of non-
Hodgkin's lymphoma an important role is occupied by diagnostic tests.

When non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is diagnosed no symptoms are present to
patients. Often the lymphoma is discovered by doctor after a physical
examination or an investigation for some other condition, such as a blood
test or a chest X-ray.

Symptoms can be divided into four broad groups: swelling in one or more
lymph nodes, constitutional symptoms, symptoms that are attributable to
lymphoma swellings outside the lymph nodes, symptoms that are
attributable to decreased numbers of blood cells.

The most common symptom of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the time of
diagnosis is a painless, swollen lymph node, usually in the neck, the
armpit or the groin. These swellings do not present pain or other
symptoms, but often steadily increase in size. Patients with aggressive
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and some with indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
present swollen lymph nodes at the time of diagnosis.



Swollen lymph nodes are very common and the people with swollen nodes do
not have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The most common cause of swollen lymph
nodes is infection. Swollen lymph nodes go down after the infection has
cleared up.

Other common symptoms include: constitutional symptoms (symptoms of being
generally unwell) and symptoms that are attributable to lymphoma
swellings outside the lymph nodes. Symptoms indicating that a person is
unwell are called constitutional symptoms.

Symptoms that commonly occur in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma include:
recurrent, unexplained fevers (with body temperature over 38 degrees
Centigrade), night sweats, which may drench nightclothes and sheets,
unintended weight loss (defined as losing more than 10% of the body
weight in 6 months), severe and persistent fatigue or tiredness and
decreased appetite.

Fevers, night sweats and weight loss are used in the staging of non-
Hodgkin's lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma stage IIB indicates that one
or more of these three symptoms are present, whereas stage IIA indicates
that none of these three symptoms is present. These first symptoms are
sometimes called 'B symptoms'.



Other symptoms that people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma may experience
include: breathlessness or cough itchiness that is persistent and may be
felt all over the body.
If the lymphoma is in another part of the body, outside the lymph nodes
different symptoms can occur. Abdominal pain, indigestion or diarrhea may
be caused by a lymphoma in the stomach or intestines. Recurrent,
unexplained fevers, night sweats and unintended weight loss: the so-
called 'B symptoms' Fevers, night sweats and weight loss may be present
to patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Numbers of blood cells (such as red blood cells, white blood cells and
platelets) are decreased at people with lymphoma. This happen because
the lymphoma is in the bone marrow, where blood cells are made. Sometimes
cell numbers can be decreased even if a sign of any bone marrow
involvement is not present.

People are tired and breathless when low numbers of red blood cells, or
anemia are present. Low numbers of white blood cells make people more
prone to infection and low numbers of platelets makes people more likely
to bruise or bleed easily. In non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can appear all of
these.

It is important to know these symptoms for a better treatment.




For more resources about lymphoma or even about symptoms of lymphoma
please review this page http://www.lymphoma-center.com/symptoms-of-
lymphoma.htm

				
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