Symptoms and Diagnosis

Who among us will forget the moment when we were told we have cancer? Each of us has had a unique experience with symptoms-or the absence of them-and with diagnosis. We may have had either a long-awaited diagnosis after many tests or one out of the blue when we knew nothing at all was amiss.

In this article, we’ll first look at the symptoms of various non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHLs), including local enlargement of lymph nodes and body-wide symptoms. We’ll then look at the process of diagnosis, which often happens over some time as the search for the disease narrows.

Before we discuss symptoms and diagnosis in greater depth, it’s important to note that the process of discovery of a cancer diagnosis is, by most people’s accounts, associated with great emotional upheaval. There may be a few of us who are so highly evolved spiritually or who have lived so full a life that we accept a cancer diagnosis with equanimity, but this is not the case for most of us. We’ll discuss the emotional tumult associated with diagnosis and the range of responses people have.