There are various subtypes of B-cell lymphoma, each with its own unique characteristics and clinical presentations. The signs and symptoms of B-cell lymphoma can vary depending on the subtype and the stage of the disease. Common signs and symptoms of B-cell lymphoma may include:
The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of B-Cell Lymphoma include:
- Swollen lymph nodes: This is often the first sign of B-cell lymphoma. The lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin may become enlarged and may or may not be painful.
- Fever: A persistent, unexplained fever can be a sign of B-cell lymphoma. This is often a systemic symptom, meaning it affects the entire body.
- Night sweats: People with B-cell lymphoma may experience severe, drenching sweats during the night.
- Weight loss: Unexplained weight loss, especially if it's significant (10% or more of body weight), can be a sign of B-cell lymphoma.
- Fatigue: This can be a result of the body's immune response to the cancer or the cancer cells using up the body's energy resources.
- Shortness of breath or cough: If the lymphoma is in the chest, it can press on the windpipe (trachea), which can cause coughing, or shortness of breath.
Seek Care For Your B-Cell Lymphoma
Seeking medical attention promptly if you are experiencing symptoms related to your B-cell lymphoma is of utmost importance. Prompt initiation of treatment is essential to achieve the best possible outcomes. Delaying treatment can allow the lymphoma to progress, making it more challenging to achieve remission.
Medical attention can help manage and alleviate your symptoms and side effects and allow doctors to tailor a B-cell lymphoma treatment plan that allows you to live as comfortably as possible. Doctors can adjust treatment as needed and provide supportive care to manage treatment-related side effects and complications. Coping with a cancer diagnosis is emotionally and psychologically challenging. You don't have to deal with side effects alone. In addition to discussing with your medical team, if you are experiencing B-cell lymphoma symptoms and want to know what has worked for other blood cancer patients, visit HealthTree's Side Effect Solutions tool. Here you can search for the symptoms you are experiencing and read about what's worked (and what hasn't worked) for patients just like you.