Signs and symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma

The most common symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma is a lump where a lymph node is swollen. This is usually in the neck, armpit or groin. But other areas of lymph nodes can be affected and cause symptoms too. The lump is not usually painful, but some people may find that it aches.

Other symptoms may include:

  • heavy drenching sweats, especially at night
  • unexplained high temperatures
  • unexplained weight loss
  • tiredness
  • a cough or breathlessness
  • itchiness all over the body that doesn’t go away.

Some people don’t have any of these symptoms and the lymphoma is found during tests for other conditions.

Rarely, people with Hodgkin lymphoma have pain in the affected lymph node when drinking alcohol.

One night I noticed a part of my neck had swollen up – I was a bit under the weather at the time so I assumed it was part of that. But it didn’t go away so I went to the doctor.


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