The most common among Lymphoma Symptoms, for which patients turn to their general practitioner, is the swelling of one or more superficial lymph nodes in the neck, armpit and groin. Swollen lymph nodes are often painless. More lymph node regions may be swollen at the same time. Sometimes patients may report fever or slight fever, fatigue, night sweats, itching and weight loss which cannot otherwise be explained.
Other quite common symptoms are:
a) cough, breathing difficulty, chest pain, swelling of the neck due to swollen lymph nodes in the chest and/or pulmonary infiltration;
b) loss of appetite;
c) early sense of satiety, abdominal pain, diarrhoea for the presence of abdominal site;
d) mental confusion, personality changes, speech disorders, loss of strength in one or more limbs due to involvement of the central nervous system.
These symptoms, however, are not specific to lymphomas; a biopsy of the lymph node or of non-lymph node lesions is thus essential to exclude other diseases and make the diagnosis.