Worried about lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that occurs when lymphocytes (white blood cells that help to fight infection) become out of control. It can cause many different symptoms depending on its type and where it is in the body. Many of the symptoms can occur in other more common illnesses too.

If you think you might have lymphoma, or are worried about any aspect of your health, please talk to your GP.

Symptoms of lymphoma

The most common symptoms of lymphoma are swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, sweats and itching. Having one or more of these symptoms does not automatically mean that you have lymphoma though; there are many other reasons why you may have these symptoms. 

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Tests and scans for lymphoma

The first test you are likely to have is carried out by your GP- if lymphoma is suspected, you will then be referred to the hospital for further tests. It’s important to note that a referral for tests and scans does not automatically mean that you will go on to be diagnosed with lymphoma. 

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Waiting for your test results

It can be difficult waiting for test results - but be assured that your medical team are gathering important information during this time. Waiting can bring uncertainty and while these emotions are natural and may not go away entirely, there are some simple things you can do to help you cope.

What is lymphoma?

Lymphoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK. It is nearly always treatable; most people live for many years after being diagnosed. Lymphoma occurs when lymphocytes (white blood cells that help to fight infection) become out of control - they divide in an abnormal way or do not die when they should. There are many different types of lymphoma which can behave differently and need different treatment.

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