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What are Hodgkin's Lymphoma Symptoms?

By Patti Kate
Updated May 17, 2024
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Swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the neck or under the arm and without the presence of infection, may be early Hodgkin's lymphoma symptoms. Pain and inflammation at the swollen site may be other symptoms. Unusual tiredness and lethargy, along with night sweats, are also common Hodgkin's lymphoma symptoms.

Early detection of this form of cancer can be crucial in determining prognosis. Therefore, it is essential to know what signs to look for. Although Hodgkin's lymphoma symptoms may often mimic other diseases, one symptom that sets it apart would be any enlargement of lymph nodes on areas of the body. This symptom is especial significant if there is no apparent cause, such as a current infection or injury.

Loss of appetite is another Hodgkin's lymphoma system. This may be due to the general feeling of illness, pain, or a combination of other symptoms. As the cancer progresses, weight loss is also common. Medical intervention through drug therapy may prove helpful to some patients.

Fingers and toes may appear to be deformed or clubbed. Joints of the feet and hands may become tender to the touch. These are all less common symptoms of Hodgkin's lymphoma, although these symptoms may manifest as the disease progresses.

Some patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma report intense itching or even a burning sensation of the skin. Medication may control these symptoms in some. This may be followed by a red, blotchy rash or inflammation. Topical ointments may be prescribed to help with associated skin irritations.

In advanced stages of this cancer, some of the more serious Hodgkin's lymphoma symptoms include tumors. These tumors may be localized or widespread through various areas of the body. In most cases, surgery will be necessary. Follow up radiation or chemotherapy is often part of the treatment for this form of cancer.

Many patients with this disease may experience Hodgkin's lymphoma symptoms that are intermittent. Enlarged lymph nodes or swollen glands may be recurrent. Episodes of night sweats may not occur nightly, but tend to recur from time to time.

Hodgkin's lymphoma symptoms in children may be difficult to distinguish and recognize. In severe cases, the child may suffer from frequent chills and episodes of high fever. Weight loss and extreme fatigue may also be present in some children. Children and adults are typically diagnosed by a series of tests, including a computed tomography (CT) scan. Tissue biopsies can generally indicate the type of cancer present, therefore helping to determine what treatment options will be best.

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Discussion Comments
By SteamLouis — On Jan 15, 2013

@burcinc-- Survival rates are categorized by number of years. It usually goes along the lines of 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and so forth.

The survival rate for Hodgkin's lymphoma for five years is over 80%. In some countries, it's over 90%. This means that 80-90% of those diagnosed with lymphoma will live for at least 5 years. Non-Hodgkin;s lymphoma survival rate is different.

Survival rates also depend on what stage the disease is, age, sex and other factors. Someone who is only in stage 1 or 2, who is younger than 45 and female has a higher survival rate than someone in stage 4, above 45 and male.

As far as I know though, Hodgkin's is curable and there are many methods of treatment. The chances of survival is high overall when compared to other types of cancer.

By burcinc — On Jan 14, 2013

What is the Hodgkin's lymphoma survival rate?

By bear78 — On Jan 13, 2013

Swollen lymph nodes is a common sign of an infection. I get them all the time. I hope no one jumps to the conclusion of having lymphoma or Hodgkin's lymphoma simply because they have swollen lymph nodes.

If there are swollen lymph nodes, more than likely, it's just an infection and it will go away when the infection is treated.

Infections don't always present themselves with many side effects. Only blood work and other testing can determine if there is an infection. So there is no way that one can determine if they have lymphoma because of swollen lymph nodes.

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