A 37-year-old member asked:
can leukemia and lymphoma have very similar symptoms, includng the swollen lymph nodes?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Allergy and Immunology 53 years experience
Can be: Blood test and biopsy should be done and see an oncologist.
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Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Yes and no: Swollen lymph nodes is the key feature of most lymphomas and the lymph nodes can become quite large and produce a visible lump. Most leukemias are first detected in the blood. Lymph nodes are only enlarged in more advanced and late cases and usually the lymph nodes are not very big. The leukemias are either acute (make you very sick quickly) or chronic where patients feel pretty well for long time.
5136 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Jul 30, 2013
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