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Can night sweats be linked to cancer?

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Night sweats can be linked to cancer and certain cancer treatments:

  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Carcinoid tumors (usually in your digestive tract)
  • Adrenal system tumors
  • Hormone therapy for breast, gynecologic, and prostate cancers

If cancer is to blame, you’ll have other symptoms, like a constant fever and unexplained weight loss.

SOURCES:

Brian Cook, MD, Sampson Radiation Oncology, Clinton, NC.

UpToDate: “Approach to the patient with night sweats.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “What’s the Connection between Night Sweats and Cancer?”

Mayo Clinic: “Night sweats: Causes.”

National Health Service: “Night Sweats.”

American Cancer Society: “Sweating.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Don't Lose Sleep Over Night Sweats.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Brian Cook, MD, Sampson Radiation Oncology, Clinton, NC.

UpToDate: “Approach to the patient with night sweats.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “What’s the Connection between Night Sweats and Cancer?”

Mayo Clinic: “Night sweats: Causes.”

National Health Service: “Night Sweats.”

American Cancer Society: “Sweating.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Don't Lose Sleep Over Night Sweats.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 16, 2019

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