Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of Lymphoma

There is no specific blood test for lymphoma.

Seriousness of Blood Cancer


Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness month goes beyond wearing a colored ribbon or taping a flyer in a clinic window. Doctors should be attuned to differentials and patients must voice concerns over unexplained symptoms—perhaps insisting on accurate testing rather than empirical evaluations.

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphocytes (white blood cells) that typically play a key role in fighting infection. The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system, comprising a network of conduits called lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph towards the heart. Collections of lymph nodes are found in the neck, underarms, chest, abdomen, and groin. Lymphatic tissue is also located in other parts of the body, including the stomach, skin, and small intestine. Beyond oncology, a multidisciplinary approach enlisting experts in cardiology, dermatology, rheumatology, neurology, immunology, and vision care is useful to optimally manage patients with rare or complex neoplasms.

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Kevin Williams is a health advocate, local editor, and writer of hundreds of articles for multiple web­sites, including: A Bit More Healthy, KevinMD (WebMD), and Sue’s Nutrition Buzz. He was a 15-year Neutrogena Research and Scientific Affairs graphics con­sul­tant.

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