Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is serious form of blood cancer that impacts the lymphocytes (a particular kind of white blood cells). The worst and most recognizable feature of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the rapidly-increasing rate of growth of the lymphocytes which then proceed to crowd and ultimately damage the lymph nodes.
It’s worth noting, however, that contrary to what people generally assume because of the name of the disease, although Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma spreads to the lymph tissue/nodes, that is not their starting point.
As with all diseases, a number of symptoms are typically associated with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Excessive sweating, to the point where clothing items appear to have been drenched in water while the person sleeps is a common indicator of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Similarly, the painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, collarbone, armpits or groin is also a well-known flag. Size of this swelling is usually a key factor when it comes to analyzing the severity of the disease.
Other popular symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include, but aren’t limited to: abdominal pain, chest pains, coughing fits, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever and excessive itching.
The tests utilized in order to determine whether or not someone is suffering from this disease are: blood tests, X-ray, MRI, CT scan and PET scans.
Like any other disease, the only surefire way to find out if you have developed it is consulting with your physician.