7 Symptoms of Lymphoma

The lymphatic system is a connected circuit of lymph passages and lymph nodes that perform several functions. These ducts collect extra fluid from the body and return it to the circulatory system. This system also plays an important role in the immune system. Immune cells develop in the lymph system and use it to travel the body, looking for infections and other invasions to fight.

Like all tissues and systems of the body, the lymphatic system can develop cancer. This cancer is called lymphoma. Lymphoma is often treatable, especially when caught early. This makes it very important for people to know the symptoms of lymphoma so they can get prompt medical care. There are several different kinds of this disease. However, most people with the disease will notice one or more of the following signs of lymphoma.

1. Enlarged Lymph Nodes

There are lymph nodes throughout the body. However, the neck, armpits and groin all have more lymph nodes than most other areas. In addition, these nodes are very close to the surface of the skin, which means that problems with lymph nodes will be noticed first in these areas. Lymph nodes sometimes swell due to infection, but this swelling is painful and/or red. In general, the swollen lymph nodes associated with lymphoma will be hard and painless. In advanced cases, they may also be “fixed”, which means that they cannot be moved around and instead stay firmly in place.

Many people do not realize that they have a swollen lymph node. Instead, they will notice one or more small lumps in their neck, armpit, or groin. The lump will not hurt when they examine and prod it. It may be either easy to move or very difficult to move. Although it may not seem concerning, it is a sign of cancer in the lymph node. This is from cancerous cells in the lymph node growing quickly and filling the node until it is tight and enlarged. If you or a loved one have noticed this, it is important to go to a doctor immediately.