Lymphoma: Early Detection Saves Life

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The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs, which forms an important part of the body’s immune system. It is composed of lymph vessels, lymph nodes and lymph and is considered to be the second circulatory system in the body. Its main function is to maintain the fluid and protein balance in the body.

Any malfunction or inflammation of this complex network can lead to different lymphatic system diseases or disorders, and one of which is Lymphoma. Lymphoma is a term used for a group of cancers that originate in the lymphatic system. Lymphomas usually start with neoplastic alteration of the lymphocytes or also known as the white blood cells in lymph nodes. It is a deadly disease, but highly curable, thus, early detection of its signs and symptoms are of greater importance to help save life.

Warning signs of lymphoma are so delicate that it may take some time before you recognize that there is already something serious you must respond to. Most of these symptoms can also indicate harmless conditions, thus, don’t be alarmed if some of these symptoms are present. It is still better to verify and consult your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

 

-       Painless lump on the neck, armpits and groins is the most common symptom of the disease. These are enlarged lymph nodes. Most people first notice these lumps while bathing or changing, or they may be first felt by your partner, but take note that enlarged nodes are not always a sign of lymphoma.

-       Weight loss. It usually occurs rapidly for no known reason. Often an individual can lose ten to fifteen pounds over a couple of months.

-       Fever. It is continuous or occurs intermittently over a period of time and doesn’t seem related to a chest or urinary infection is a good sign that you should consult a doctor. Fever that is related to node swellings occurs commonly with infections and many lymphomas are often mistaken for infections at the early stage.

-       Excessive sweating at night. This unique situation may be quite troublesome. The person might just wake up at night and his clothes are already full of sweat.

-       Itchiness that is present all over the body. It is related to the secretion of some special chemicals from the lymphoma cells.

-       Loss of appetite. As lymphomas spread within your body and grow in size, many individuals feel a significant loss in their desire for food, further accelerating weight loss.

-       A feeling of weakness. As cancer cells are cells that require more of the body’s nutrients for it is growing in an uncontrollable manner. It will use up more of the body’s nutrients, making the body with less energy to consume.

-       Breathlessness accompanied by swelling of the face and neck. When a lymphoma grows in the neck or chest and appears to be large, it may mass the flow of some vessels and lead to a swelling of the face and neck along with a feeling of breathlessness.

If you experience several of these symptoms and you are worrying of possibly having the disease, it is advisable for you to see your doctor and verify the diagnosis. Only a medical professional can accurately diagnose the cause of the symptoms.

 

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