What are the symptoms of lymphoma?


The most common symptoms of lymphoma are: 

  • painless, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, groin or underarms 
  • tiredness 
  • excessive sweating or night sweats[13] 
  • unexplained and regular fever[14] 
  • rash or itchy skin 
  • weight loss 
  • loss of appetite 
  • frequent infections 
  • bleeding or bruising easily 
  • swollen abdomen (as a result of swollen lymph nodes, a swollen spleen, lymphomas in the digestive tract or fluid buildup) 
  • cough, chest pain or trouble breathing (as a result of swollen lymph nodes in the chest) 
  • headache and nervous system effects (if the lymphoma is in the brain) 
  • itchy red or purple lumps, patches or plaques on, or under, the skin (if the lymphoma is in the skin). 

Different types of lymphoma may cause other symptoms, and children may experience different symptoms than adults (see Cancer Australia Children’s Cancer).  

Hodgkin lymphoma may only produce mild symptoms at first, so it can be hard to diagnose at an early stage[15]

Waldenstrom macroglobulinaemia (a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma) can also cause other symptoms including:  

  • weakness 
  • vision problems 
  • dizziness 
  • pain, tingling or numbness in the hands or feet 
  • confusion 
  • heart, kidney and digestive problems. 

Children with non-Hodgkin lymphoma may experience symptoms including: 

  • wheezing 
  • coughing 
  • trouble breathing 
  • trouble swallowing 
  • swelling of the upper body, head, neck and arms. 

Many conditions can cause these symptoms, not just lymphoma. If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. 


13. https://www.cancer.org.au/assets/pdf/understanding-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-booklet

14. https://www.cancer.org.au/assets/pdf/understanding-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-booklet

15. https://www.cancer.org.au/assets/pdf/understanding-hodgkin-lymphoma-booklet