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For many of us, Hodgkin's lymphoma first shows itself as nothing more than a painless, persistent swollen gland. But others of us may show some early signs of the disease, though they generally amount to little more than feeling 'unwell'--a feeling we may tend to dismiss as a nuisance rather than as a sign of something more important.

Early symptoms
The early symptoms of Hodgkin's lymphoma include:

  • Feeling tired or run down
  • Constant itching similar in discomfort level to mosquito bites or dry skin
  • Fevers that come and go over several days or weeks
  • Night sweats that soak pajamas and sheets
  • Unexplained and seemingly sudden weight loss
  • Painless enlarged lymph-nodes on only one side of the neck, abdomen, groin, or on one armpit.

Less common symptoms
Other, less-common symptoms might include:

  • Excessive sweating during the day as well as at night
  • Skin flushing/blushing
  • Neck pain
  • Significant hair loss
  • An enlarged spleen
  • Clubbing (thickening and widening) of fingers and toes

If these symptoms cannot be explained away by other conditions, you or your doctor should attempt to rule out Hodgkin's, since early detection almost assures your long-term survival.

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