Worried about lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops when lymphocytes (white blood cells that help to fight infection) grow 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 have any concerns about your health, please talk to your GP.

Common symptoms of lymphoma

Symptoms of lymphoma

The most common symptoms of lymphoma are swollen lymph nodes, extreme tiredness (fatigue), unexplained weight loss, sweats and itching. Having one or more of these doesn't automatically mean that you have lymphoma – there are many other possible reasons for them. 

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Tests and scans for lymphoma

If your GP thinks you might have lymphoma, they'll refer you for further tests. However, being referred doesn't automatically mean that you'll go on to be diagnosed with lymphoma. 

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Waiting for results of tests and scans

It can be difficult waiting for test results. During this time, your your medical team are gathering important information to help plan the best treatment for you. We offer tips and support to help you while you're waiting.

What is lymphoma?

Lymphoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK. There are effective treatments, and most people live well, with and beyond lymphoma. Lymphoma develops when white blood cells that help to fight infection (lympocytes) grow 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.

Find out more about lymphoma