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 non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) can also be caused by other health conditions. It is important to have any unusual symptoms checked by a doctor.
Signs and symptoms of NHL include:
Some symptoms of NHL are generalized and affect the whole body. These are called systemic symptoms or B symptoms and include:
B symptoms are usually associated with more extensive disease. Their presence can play a role in treatment decisions.
NHL can cause other signs and symptoms depending on the part of the body affected.
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.