Is it possible to get menopause confused with lymphomic cancer when first seeing signs, or diagnosing? 

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ako6777 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I guess it is possible to confuse them though a thorough examination would probably rule out one or the other.  It is always advisable to speak with a physician when you have any odd and persistent symptoms.  If you are unsure about your doctor you will want to get a second opinion.

The symptoms of lymphoma are:

  1. Painless swelling in the neck, under an arm, or in the groin.
  2. Enlarged spleen which may cause abdominal pain
  3. Fevers
  4. Chills
  5. Unexplained weight loss
  6. Night sweats
  7. Lack of energy
  8. Itching

The signs of menopause are:

  1. Night sweats
  2. Hot flashes
  3. Mood swings
  4. Fatigue
  5. Memory loss
  6. Sleep disturbances
lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes. Both menopause and lymphoma can have similar symptoms. Both can cause night sweats, and this appears to be the most prominent similarity. Fatigue is also symptomatic of both menopause and lymphomic cancers. Itchy skin is a third symptom common to both. As both conditions are related in some way to hormones, there are bound to be some similarities, as well as similarities to other conditions. There are lists of other symptoms for both, though, and you would want to compare other issues before reaching any sort of a conclusion.