Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 3/2/2021

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma refers to a group of different cancers that begin in the cells of the immune system. In particular, these cancers originate in lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Lymphoma refers to any cancer that begins in these cells, and lymphomas are classified as Hodgkin's lymphoma or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma based on their appearance under the microscope and additional tests to characterize the cells.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can arise almost anywhere in the body. Signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can vary but may include painless, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, or groin. Other associated symptoms can include

Cause of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Doctors don't know the exact cause of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Other non-hodgkin's lymphoma symptoms and signs


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