Stage III symptoms of lymphoma include swollen lymph nodes, weight loss, fatigue, fever, stomach pain, bone pain, enlarged spleen, rash, shortness or breath, pain when drinking alcohol, cough, itchy skin and night sweats, as reported by Healthline. Most patients with lymphoma notice swollen lymph nodes initially, then other symptoms occur at various stages of the disease.
Lymphoma patients can notice swollen lymph nodes in a variety of areas of the body, including groin, armpit, stomach, chest and stomach. The lymph nodes often feel like small nodules under the skin that are soft to the touch.
To diagnose lymphoma, a biopsy is taken of the cells from an enlarged lymph node. A hematopathologist will examine the cells and make the determination if lymphoma cells are detected, and if so, what type. Other testing includes X-rays, blood tests and image scans. The testing helps determine not only if the cancerous cells are present, but also how far it has spread.
Depending on the stage of cancer, the treatment options vary. Some of the options, include chemotherapy, radiotherapy, stem cell transplantation, immunological therapy and sometimes surgery, according to the Medical News Today website.
Lymphoma cancers are categorized by the type of immune cells they affect. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma affects B and T cells, but Hodgkin's lymphoma generally contain an abnormal B cell with a variety of sub types of the disease.