What are the symptoms of relapsed
or refractory follicular lymphoma?
When a patient's follicular lymphoma has not responded to or has returned after treatment, symptoms can be similar to those symptoms which were present at initial diagnosis and can also vary from patient to patient. It is important to pay attention to how your follicular lymphoma may be affecting you. Tell your doctor if you notice any symptoms or changes in your health.
Possible symptoms you should watch for include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Fever, fatigue, and night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss
- Severe or frequent infections
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Numbness or tingling in feet and/or hands
- Headaches and/or blurry vision
Symptoms of follicular lymphoma may be seen in other conditions as well. Only your doctor will be able to tell if your symptoms are related to follicular lymphoma.
While you are being treated and after your treatment concludes, your doctor will continue to monitor your follicular lymphoma.
Your doctor may be looking for:
- Swelling in your lymph nodes, liver, or spleen
- An increase in the number of abnormal white blood cells
- A decrease in the number of normal blood cells
Common tests include:
- Routine tests such as physical exam, blood cell counts, and bone marrow biopsy
- Flow cytometry—a sample of your cells is examined using a laser beam and a computer to find out the type of cancer and the number of cells involved
- Imaging tests such as PET-CT or CT scans—these scans produce pictures of the inside of your body that help show where follicular lymphoma is