Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

How does non-Hodgkin lymphoma affect the body?

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  • The most distinctive way that non-Hodgkin lymphoma affects the body is by the overproduction of lymphocytes causing the build-up of tumors and the swelling of lymph nodes in the affected regions of the body. Other parts of the body may experience build-up of cancerous lymphocyte tumors as well. Although the swelling is painless, depending on the location of the tumors it can cause the lungs or abdomen to be constricted, causing a shortness of breath and a cough or loss of appetite, digestive problems, and swollen legs, respectively. If the cancerous lymphocytes are concentrated in the bloodstream, they can cause symptoms such as bruising, dark, itchy areas of the skin, and fatigue, all similar to anemia, a lack of red blood cells.

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