Lymphoma Symptoms and Patient’s Diagnosis Experiences


Lymphoma can be a difficult disease to diagnose as the symptoms often mimic other diseases. In addition, there are more than 60 different types and sub-types of lymphoma.

Find out more about the psychological effects of a lymphoma diagnosis here. 

Real-life experiences of lymphoma symptoms and diagnoses are discussed in this Lymphoma Association video. British lymphoma patients share their earliest symptoms, the process they went through to get diagnosed and the type of lymphoma they were diagnosed with.

Here are 11 signs of lymphoma.

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  1. Annon1234 says:

    Took over 18 mo to get diagnosed due to misdiagnosis of B symptoms – night sweats -perimenopause; fatigue – stress/depression; Low hemoglobin – simple anemia; one enlarged lymph node in my neck – isolated benign lymph node (no biopsy done); weight loss – good for you for losing 15 pounds in 3 months; nausea (I had abdominal lymph nodes and where some were apparently caused that ) – stress, finally sent to a gastroenterologist who in frustration that he could no find a cause did a CT scan and had a ton of abdominal nodes. Then the diagnosis machine moved forward. Had a biopsy and then the diagnosis. Some of the B symptoms I had had for years longer than the 18 months. In fact I could have been diagnosed 7 years earlier had someone been paying attention to the fact that when I was diagnosed with breast cancer then and when the enlarged arm pit nodes were not sentinel nodes, instead of ignoring them and presuming they were inflammation, someone had biopsied them too – especially since 3 mo after that surgery I was incredibly anemic (hematocrit of 7). I had night sweats through out all this time that were attributed to early perimenopause even 6 years before the breast cancer… Fortunately for me it was follicular non-hodgkin’s lymphoma which can wax and wane on its own and is indolent. Considering if someone had taken seriously my complaints back in 1997 I could have been diagnosed well before 2010. While this scenario maybe on the extreme end of delayed diagnosis (or as my oncologist said, “I guess you just had a long period of watch and wait even though it would have been treated had we known, you are evidence that it can wax and wane”), delayed diagnosis is common, especially if your nodes are primarily abdominal (so can’t be seen without a CT scan) or if anyone blows off just one node here and there that is enlarged.

    • Tim Bossie says:

      We are sorry that it took you so long to be diagnosed. It seems that this happens with too much regularity. How are you today? Are you receiving treatment?

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