Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Signs and symptoms of NHL

You may or may not have signs and symptoms of NHL when you are diagnosed. If you have aggressive lymphoma such as DLBCL, it is very likely that your doctor will treat you right away. If you have an indolent lymphoma such as follicular lymphoma, you may or may not be treated right away depending on how advanced your lymphoma is. Your doctor will closely monitor your condition. You can take an active role in keeping an eye on your NHL.

Visit your doctor regularly and let him or her know if you have noticed any of these signs or symptoms:

  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpit, or groin. This swelling can be painless
  • Discomfort or a feeling of fullness in your abdomen
  • Feeling very tired or weak
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Fever, night sweats, or weight loss

Please remember that only your doctor will be able to tell if the signs or symptoms are related to your NHL. Your doctor will be looking for:

  • Swelling in your lymph nodes, liver, or spleen
  • An increase in the number of abnormal white blood cells
  • A decrease in the number of normal blood cells


RITUXAN is available by prescription only.