The nurse is performing an admission assessment on a 27-year-old patient that was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. Of the following side effects, which would the nurse expect the patient to report?

Sweating at night

Explanation

•The usual assessment findings for a patient with Hodgkin’s disease are enlarged, but painless lymph nodes, fever, weight loss, and night sweats.

•Hodgkin’s disease is a rare cancer of the lymphatic system. As to why night sweats occur in lymphoma, the reason is not clearly established. Like many other symptoms associated with lymphoma, night sweats could indicate problems other than lymphoma.

•Minor visual changes, head ache, and lymph node pain are not common in lymphoma. Weight loss usually occurs in cancer, not weight gain.

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