6. Swelling in the extremities and the abdomen
The lymphatic system is an alternative circulation to the venous return. It is important to prevent liquid retention, and when there’s a disturbance in the natural return of liquids, you might end up having swelling in the extremities or the abdomen. Additionally, lymphoma sometimes affects the function of the liver, and this organ synthesizes important proteins to maintain the liquid balance in the organism. When this happens, swelling might be accompanied by jaundice, a yellowish coloration of the skin caused by an accumulation of bilirubin in the blood.
When fluid retention becomes a more significant concern, there’s a large fluid collection in the abdominal cavity, which is known as ascites. Other organs might experience swelling as well, as in the case of the spleen. This organ becomes very large in some lymphoma patients, and may even reach the belly button. Take into consideration that each one of these symptoms is not only found in lymphoma. They are actually more common in other diseases, and they should be ruled out before thinking about cancer.