The most common early sign of Hodgkin lymphoma is painless swelling (enlargement) of one or more lymph nodes. Most people have affected lymph nodes in the upper part of their body, usually the neck or upper chest. Sometimes the affected lymph nodes are in the armpit, stomach area or groin.
In addition to swollen lymph nodes, other signs and symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma may include:
- Unexplained fever
- Persistent fatigue
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath during normal activity
- Drenching sweats, especially at night
- Unexplained weight loss
- Decreased appetite
- Itchy skin
- Abdominal pain or swelling and feeling of fullness (due to an enlarged spleen)
- Lymph node pain after drinking alcohol
B symptoms. Fever, drenching night sweats and loss of more than 10 percent of body weight over six months are sometimes termed "B symptoms." These symptoms are significant to the prognosis and staging of the disease.
Some Hodgkin lymphoma symptoms are associated with other, less serious illnesses. However, if you're troubled by any of the above symptoms, see your doctor.
- Download or order The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's free booklet, Hodgkin Lymphoma.