Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's disease is a type of lymphoma, which is a cancer in the lymphatic system. NHL is the third most common cancer in childhood. Learn more about non-Hodgkin's lymphoma ›

Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

  • Bleeding gums

  • Cold or flu-like symptoms (runny nose, fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Drooling

  • Earache

  • Genital sores (indication of syphilis)

  • Joint pain

  • Rash

  • Tender, warm and red lymph nodes

  • Unexplained loss of appetite

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, and choking

  • Vomiting blood or black material (resembling coffee grounds)

  • Common cold (viral respiratory infection)

  • Ear infection

  • Infected tooth (abscessed tooth)

  • Influenza (flu)

  • Measles (contagious viral infection also known as rubeola)

  • German measles (contagious viral infection also known as rubella)

  • Mononucleosis (viral infection)

  • Mumps (viral infection that affects the salivary glands in the neck)

  • Strep throat (bacterial throat infection)

  • Tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils in the back of the throat)

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Treatment for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

You may have just one type of treatment or a combination. Different types of treatment have different goals. Here are the most common types of treatment for lymphoma and their goals. 

  • Watchful waiting. When a lymphoma is slow-growing, your doctor may first suggest watchful waiting instead of treatment. In this case, the goal is to avoid the side effects of treatment until absolutely necessary. If you decide to watch and wait, you will see your doctor several times a year to get a physical exam, to have your blood counts checked, and to have your doctor check on any symptoms you may have. This may include getting CT scans.

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Living with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

There is really no way to know for sure if you're going to get non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Certain factors can make you more likely to get it than another person. However, having one or more risk factors does not necessarily mean you will get lymphoma. In fact, you can have all the risk factors and still not get it. Or you can have no known risk factors and still get it.

Some risk factors are out of your control, such as age or ethnicity. However, you do have control over some risk factors, such as exposure to certain infections.

If you agree with any of the following bolded statements, you may be at an increased risk for lymphoma. Each time you agree with the statement, ask yourself if you are doing all you can to control that risk factor. If you have several risk factors, especially if they're ones you can't control, learn about the symptoms of lymphoma so that you'll know what to watch for.

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