Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer in the lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma causes the cells in the lymphatic system to abnormally reproduce, eventually causing tumors to grow. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma cells can also spread to other organs.
Although NHL is among the most common pediatric cancers, more than 95 percent of cases occur in adults.
Symptoms can vary from person to person, but the following are the most common:
- Painless swelling of lymph nodes in neck, underarm, and/or groin
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
- Itching of the skin
- Recurring infections
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Swelling in the face and arms
Symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma may resemble other blood disorders or medical problems such as influenza or infections. In fact, many of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by something other than lymphoma. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.