Symptoms of grade 1 follicular lymphoma are the same as those for any non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -- painful swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit and groin, fatigue, abdominal pain, night sweats, fever and weight loss, according to Mayo Clinic. Some patients have no symptoms when diagnosed.
Follicular lymphoma is typically slow growing, according to the American Cancer Society. This condition tends to grow in a circular pattern in the lymph nodes. The condition responds well to treatment but is difficult to cure.
In some cases doctors do not treat follicular lymphoma in its early stages, waiting instead until the disease begins to cause trouble for the patient, reports the Lymphoma Research Foundation. These "watch and wait" patients have about the same outcomes as patients treated immediately. About 30 percent of follicular lymphomas develop into more aggressive, fast-growing diffuse B-cell lymphoma.
The average age of an individual with follicular lymphoma is 60, and young people rarely develop the disease, the American Cancer society states. In addition to the lymph nodes, the cancer also frequently appears in the patient's bone marrow.
Treatment options are typically chemotherapy and radiation, sometimes used together. Radioimmunotherapy and stem cell transplants may be treatment options for patients who have a recurrence of follicular lymphoma.