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Lymphoma - Hodgkin - Childhood

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 7/2013
Symptoms and Signs

ON THIS PAGE: You will find out more about body changes and other things that can signal a problem that may need medical care. To see other pages in this guide, use the colored boxes on the right side of your screen, or click “Next” at the bottom.

Children with Hodgkin lymphoma may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, children with Hodgkin lymphoma do not show any of these symptoms. Or, these symptoms may be caused by a medical condition that is not cancer. If you are concerned about a symptom or sign on this list, please talk with your child’s doctor.

  • Painless swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin that doesn’t go away in a few weeks
  • Coughing or problems breathing, which may mean that the lymph nodes in the chest are swollen and pressing on the windpipe
  • Unexplained fever (without other signs of infection) that doesn’t go away
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Night sweats (usually drenching)
  • Itching
  • Fatigue

Your child’s doctor will ask you questions about the symptoms your child is experiencing to help find out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis. This may include how long your child has been experiencing the symptom(s) and how often.

If cancer is diagnosed, relieving symptoms and side effects remains an important part of cancer care and treatment. This may also be called symptom management, palliative care, or supportive care. Be sure to talk with your child’s health care team about symptoms your child experiences, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.

Choose “Next” (below, right) to continue reading this guide to learn about what tests and scans your child may have to learn more about the cause of your symptoms. Or, use the colored boxes located on the right side of your screen to visit any section.

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