How does non-Hodgkin lymphoma affect the body?

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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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, or NHL, develops when cancerous cells crowd out healthy ones in the tissues and organs that make up the immune system, your bodys line of defense. To fight infection, your lymph system extends throughout mo...

st of your body, which is why lymphoma can spread easily. If you notice swollen lymph nodes, unexplained weight loss and extreme fatigue, visit your doctor. Children should also be monitored for breathing problems, a symptom of Childhood non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Although no one knows the cause of this cancer, if youre a male or Caucasian, have HIV/AIDS or intake a diet high in fats, you have a higher chance of developing adult non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Early detection and treatment can lead to success against this cancer.
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