Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Symptoms

There are no screening tests or early detection tests to find Hodgkin's lymphoma early, however, there are several potential symptoms that could alert a person to the possible presence of Hodgkin's.

Keep in mind when considering the following list of symptoms that: Many are non-specific (they can mean many things other than Hodgkin's), and that some people do not show any symptoms.


*The best thing any person can do is bring any concerns they have immediately to their physician or health care professional.


Swollen lymph nodes

  • Painless, swollen nodes in the neck, groin, or clavicle that are hard or rubbery to the touch
  • Cough

  • An unexplained cough, generally coupled with fatigue
  • Nodal pain

  • A rare symptom and one that cannot currently be explained
  • A feeling of pain or discomfort in the lymph nodes upon consuming alcohol
  • Night sweats

  • Drenching night sweats that require changing the sheets
  • Weight loss

  • Unexplained weight loss occurring over several months
  • Fatigue

  • Unexplained, extended fatigue that isn't relieved by getting a good night's rest
  • Fever/Chills

  • Unexplained fever or chills lasting several months
  • Pruritus

  • Skin that is itchy for no obvious or particular reason
  • B Symptoms

    The last five Hodgkin’s lymphoma symptoms listed are considered 'B' symptoms in and tend to signify a less optimistic prognosis than when they are not present.


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