There are conditions other than cancer that can cause the symptoms below. If your child has any of these symptoms and you are worried, visit to your child’s doctor. The earlier cancer is found, the better.

Symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma may include:  

  • fever
  • night sweats
  • unexplained weight loss
  • enlarged lymph nodes, usually felt as painless lumps under the skin in the neck, underarm or groin
  • swollen belly
  • tiredness
  • loss of appetite, or feeling full after only a small amount of food
  • itchy red or purple lumps under the skin (if the lymphoma has spread to the skin itself)
  • coughing or trouble breathing (a swollen thymus or lymph nodes in the chest can press on the windpipe)
  • problems going to the toilet (if the lymphoma presses on the bladder or bowel or spinal cord)
  • headaches, or problems with seeing or talking (if the lymphoma presses on the brain)