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Signs and Symptoms

Patients who have lymphoma may experience painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the armpits, neck, and/or groin. They may experience fatigue, fever, unexplained drenching night sweats, unintended weight loss, a loss of appetite, or itchiness. If the lymph node is in the chest, it may affect the person’s breathing; if it is in their abdomen, it can cause abdominal discomfort. Lymphoma can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because the signs and symptoms are often mild or non-specific. Some patients may have no noticeable signs while others might have a low-grade fever. Usually, there are swollen lymph nodes, but the node may not be visible or felt by the patient or physician.

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