Lymphoma is known as "the most camouflaged disease" because early stage lymphoma is difficult to detect. Therefore, many people are diagnosed at an advanced stage and miss the best opportunity for treatment. Although early-stage lymphoma is difficult to detect, it is not completely invisible. As long as we pay careful attention, we can still find its clues. Today I will share with you the early symptoms of lymphoma to help us prevent and detect it early.
Patients with lymphoma often develop a lump on their neck, accompanied by a fever. When they go to the doctor, the doctor will treat it like a cold. However, after a period of time, the patient no longer has a fever, but the lump on his neck grows again, and he is finally diagnosed with lymphoma. Symptoms of lymphoma are relatively insidious and non-specific. In the early stages, they generally do not seem serious and can easily be ignored.
There are four early symptoms of lymphoma1. Swollen lymph nodesLymphoma usually appears in the neck, then the armpits and groin, and the lymph nodes are swollen, but it is not painful and can easily be ignored. Generally, swollen lymph nodes caused by infection will disappear within a short time after anti-inflammatory treatment. If the lymph nodes do not disappear after anti-inflammatory treatment for a period of time, you should be alert to lymphoma cancer.
2. General discomfortBody fever, weight loss, night sweats, itching, and chest tightness are common clinical manifestations. Some patients may also experience irregular fever, weight loss, and night sweats, which are often confused with influenza or typhoid fever.
3. Digestive system symptomsSome patients develop symptoms of loss of appetite, diarrhea, and abdominal pain early on, while others may develop symptoms of intestinal infarction and intestinal bleeding.
4.Skin damageLymphoma will also cause certain damage to the patient's skin, which may appear diverse, such as erythema, erosion, etc.
Lymphoma self-testMedically, the detection of lymphoma is generally done by placing the index finger, middle finger and ring finger on the skin of the neck and sliding between the subcutaneous tissue for palpation. The general locations for diagnosis by touch are the neck, armpits, before and after the ears, under the jaw, and on the bones of the hands. When touching, pay attention to rubbing your fingers gently, and the clavicle and armpit areas need to be moved from shallow to deep.
Lymphoma feels similar to the tip of the nose, neither too hard nor too soft. The texture of inflammatory lymph nodes is softer. Early stage lymphoma has no adhesions and can move. Lymph nodes with a hard texture may be tumor metastasis. This type of lymphoma is fixed in position and cannot move. Once unexplained lymph node enlargement occurs, you need to go to the hospital for timely treatment for corresponding examination.