Frequently, a diagnosis is made during a standard physical examination. Some may seek medical attention for cough and flu-like symptoms or have noted an enlarged lymph node.
Hodgkin lymphoma can present as a firm, usually painless swelling of a lymph node, in the neck, under the arms or in the groin but is not limited to these areas. It is important to remember that most people who go to their doctor with enlarged lymph nodes do not have Hodgkin lymphoma. Swollen glands often result from an infection, however, in this case the glands in the neck are usually painful.
Other symptoms may include:
- Recurrent fevers
- Excessive sweating at night
- Unintentional weight loss
- Persistent fatigue and lack of energy
- Generalized itching or a rash.
These symptoms are also seen in other illnesses such as viral infections. So, most people with these complaints do not have Hodgkin lymphoma. However, it is important to see your doctor if you have any symptoms that do not go away so that you can be examined and treated properly.