Profuse sweating is a symptom of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma common among MyLymphomaTeam members. Sweating caused by lymphoma often presents as night sweats. Night sweats can even influence how doctors stage cases of lymphoma. Excessive sweating can also be a side effect of certain cancer drugs.
For some members, night sweats led directly to their lymphoma diagnosis. “I was really sick and had night sweats,” a MyLymphomaTeam member wrote. “My primary care doctor sent me to the hospital, and they diagnosed me.”
“Last year I started to get night sweats and was feeling tired,” another member commented. “I was shocked being diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma.”
Others on MyLymphomaTeam experience night sweats as a treatment side effect. One member with Hodgkin lymphoma experienced profuse sweating following her chemotherapy infusion. “I woke up thinking I must have peed the bed. I was sweating so profusely it looked like I had just showered and laid down in bed!”
Thankfully this member’s post-chemotherapy sweating subsided after a couple days: “Last night was MUCH better! No drowning in sweat this time,” she later shared.
Some people also sweat while receiving their treatments. One member shared, “I had chills and hot sweats” during a medication infusion.
In some cases, members have identified simple solutions to resolve sweating caused by treatment. “I'll get dizzy and sweaty if I don’t drink at least a half gallon of water or more during treatment,” a member shared. Other members have found solutions after discussing treatment-related sweating with their healthcare providers.
Contact your doctor right away if you are sweating profusely and have a fever. A fever could be a sign of infection.
On MyLymphomaTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with lymphoma, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Sweating is a frequently discussed topic.
Here are some conversations about sweating:
Have you experienced night sweats or profuse sweating at other times? Share below or start a conversation on MyLymphomaTeam.
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