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Lymphomas are cancers that develop in the lymph system. Once a malignancy begins in one part of the lymph system, it often spreads throughout the rest of it before being detected.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) is the more common form of lymphoma in children, occurring more frequently between the ages of 10 and 20. Treatment depends on the stage and type of NHL, but is generally treated with a systemic combination of chemotherapy.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is rare in children under five years of age and more common in boys than girls under 10. Treatment may include chemotherapy and/or radiation.

Symptoms can include:

  • Swollen lymph node, especially in the neck, armpit or groin (note, Hodgkin’s disease usually presents with enlarged lymph nodes)
  • Swelling of the face
  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Weakness, tiredness
  • Sweating, especially at night
  • Unexplained fever
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, occasional cough, high-pitched breathing sounds
  • Difficulty in swallowing

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