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Symptoms of Hodgkin Lymphoma

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Symptoms of Hodgkin Lymphoma

Symptoms appear as Hodgkin lymphoma progresses. Many of these symptoms can be caused by other, less serious conditions, like an infection. It is still important to see the doctor. Finding and treating cancer and other health problems early improves outcomes.

Swollen Lymph Nodes

The most common symptom is painless swelling of the lymph nodes. Swelling can happen in lymph nodes anywhere in the body. The most common ones are lymph nodes in the neck, collarbone, armpit, or groin. Swollen lymph nodes can be felt just under the skin. They may change in size over the course of time. If the lymph nodes shrink, it does not mean the problem is gone. In general, a person should contact their doctor if swelling lasts longer than two weeks.

Swollen Lymph Nodes.

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  • Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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