What Are the Different Types of Lymphoma Cancer?

What Are the Different Types of Lymphoma Cancer?

There are four types of lymphoma: Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, lymphoma of the skin and Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, notes the American Cancer Society. Lymphoma begins in the body's immune system.

Hodgkin's disease has the following symptoms: painless, swollen lymph nodes; fatigue; and unexplained weight loss, according to Mayo Clinic. In addition to these symptoms, people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma commonly experience night sweats, abdominal pain, chest pain, trouble breathing and coughing.

Lymphoma of the skin causes itchy skin papules, patches, plaques or nodules. The skin patches can be red or purple. Some patients may also experience weight loss, fever and heavy night sweating. Sometimes, this form of lymphoma can spread over most of the skin, reports the American Cancer Society.

Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia can persist for years without the appearance of symptoms. However, signs of the disease include stroke-like symptoms, fevers, night sweats and vision problems, according to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The disease also causes bleeding, swollen lymph nodes, headaches and numbness in the feet or legs. Each person may experience different symptoms of the disease.

Anyone experiencing any lymphoma symptoms should contact a doctor for further evaluation. The symptoms are not always indicative of a lymphoma diagnosis.