Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any changes in your health that worry you. The health care professionals at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center use the latest research and tools to diagnose and treat lymphoma. Our caring, knowledgeable team can help you get answers if you think you may be at high risk for lymphoma or have experienced symptoms.
Lymphoma does not have any known risk factors, and symptoms are easily overlooked, as often patients do not experience symptoms in the early stages of the disease. This makes practicing body awareness even more important. Be familiar with how your body looks and feels so you notice any unusual symptoms.
One clue your symptoms might be caused by lymphoma is that they do not go away. In less serious conditions, like the cold or flu, your symptoms should improve within a week or two. If they don’t, talk to your doctor right away.
In addition to the general symptoms of lymphoma, watch children for the following signs:
It’s easy to miss signs of lymphoma as they may be subtle or nonspecific like a cold or flu. This is especially true for lymphoma that starts in the female reproductive organs - very few women report any symptoms.
Symptoms of female genital lymphoma may include:
There are more than 70 types of lymphoma. Lymphomas can affect any part of the lymphatic system, including the stomach, colon, skin, bone marrow, thymus, spleen, tonsils and lymph nodes.
Lymphomas are divided into two categories:
The difference between these lymphomas is how the cancers develop and spread, as well as treatment options. Both can occur in adults or children. If you or a family member are concerned about symptoms or if you have questions about lymphoma, we’re here to help.