Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer of the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue—a part of the body’s immune system that helps to fight infection and disease.

Signs of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include:
  • Swollen, painless lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Chest pain or trouble breathing
  • Itchy skin

Are you eligible for benefits?

Yes, if:

  • You are ill with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • You were exposed to Agent Orange during military service.
  • You served in Vietnam or in the waters off Vietnam during the Vietnam War Era, in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or in another area where Agent Orange was stored, tested or sprayed.

Who is covered

You, your dependents and survivors

Available benefits

How it works

VA considers non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to be related to exposure to Agent Orange. When you apply for benefits, VA will forego the normal requirement that you prove your illness is related to Agent Orange or that it began during—or became worse because of—your military service.

Learn more about benefits related to Agent Orange exposure.

Need help determining exposure?

VA will help you determine exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service after you file a claim for compensation benefits. Learn more about Agent Orange exposure locations.

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