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Let's Talk About Lymphoma Signs and Symptoms

Common red flags for this disease include swollen lymph nodes and night sweats, but there are other indications that something's not right as well. Here's what the experts say to keep an eye out for.

    Our Pro PanelLymphoma Signs and Symptoms

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in lymphoma to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Cindy Varga, M.D. headshot.

    Cindy Varga, M.D.Medical Oncologist, Assistant Professor

    Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine
    Boston, MA
    Myo Htut, M.D. headshot.

    Myo Htut, M.D.Associate Clinical Professor of Hematology

    City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Duarte, CA
    Dhimant Patel, M.D.

    Dhimant Patel, M.D.Hematologist and Oncologist

    Aurora BayCare Medical Center
    Green Bay, WI

    Frequently Asked QuestionsLymphoma Signs and Symptoms

    What are the first signs of lymphoma?

    Common signs of lymphoma include swollen lymph nodes that don’t hurt, lumps under the skin, fatigue, night sweats, itchy skin, and low fever.

    Is lymphoma curable?

    It can be, depending on the type, stage, and how aggressive the cancer is. In fact, Hodgkin’s lymphoma is considered one of the most curable types of cancer.

    What causes lymphoma?

    It likely comes down to DNA damage. Genes known as “oncogenes” trigger cell growth, while “tumor suppressor genes” slow it down—mistakes and mutations in a person’s DNA can turn these genes on or off, potentially leading to lymphoma. Lymphoma is not thought to be linked to genes or mutations passed down by your parents.

    What is leukemia vs. lymphoma?

    Leukemia and lymphoma are both blood cancers that develop when white blood cells grow out of control. Lymphoma cells form tumors in the lymph nodes and other organs of the lymphatic system (such as the spleen or thymus gland). In leukemia, the cancerous white blood cells don’t form any tumors. Treatment for each disease is different.

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