At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre we know that a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event. We also know that every cancer is different, just like every person is different. We are dedicated to supporting and guiding you throughout your care. On this page you can learn about symptoms of lymphoma and the potential treatment pathway.

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What is lymphoma?

Lymphoma is uncontrolled growth of abnormal white blood cells, which are cells that help protect us from infection. White blood cells are part of our lymphatic system, which has nodes and tissue throughout the body. This means that lymphoma has many possible places of origin. Usually in lymphoma, abnormal white blood cells develop in the lymph nodes located under the arms, or in the groin, chest, abdomen or neck. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in the functioning of our immune system. This means that if the cancerous cells spread to other lymph nodes they can have an impact on that person’s immune system. About 1 in 10 lymphomas are called Hodgkin lymphomas and can be recognised because they have certain cells called Reed Sternberg cells. They spread differently from the other 9 in 10 non-Hodgkin lymphomas. There are many different types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

What are the symptoms of lymphoma?

If you have any of the following symptoms please see your doctor. These symptoms may also occur for ailments other than cancer. Your doctor will advise if you need tests and where you should go to have these tests. 


  • Unexplained fever
  • Lingering cough
  • Chest or belly pain
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Swollen glands in the neck, armpit, groin or lower belly
  • Night sweating
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite

This information should not be used to replace medical advice.

Can I be treated at the ONJ Centre?

Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor or specialist can make a referral to the ONJ Centre for your cancer treatment. You can ask to be referred here, regardless of your insurance status or the stage of your treatment. The ONJ Centre is part of Austin Health, a leading Australian public hospital.

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