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A sign is something that can be observed and recognized by a doctor or healthcare professional (for example, a rash). A symptom is something that only the person experiencing it can feel and know (for example, pain or tiredness). The signs and symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) can also be caused by other health conditions. For example, swollen lymph nodes are common and can be caused by other health problems such as an infection or the flu. It is important to have any unusual symptoms checked by a doctor.
Signs and symptoms of HL are:
Some of the symptoms of HL affect the whole body and are called generalized or systemic symptoms (B symptoms). The following are B symptoms:
HL may show different signs and symptoms depending on where the affected lymph nodes or bone marrow is in the body.
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.