Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
What is Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma?Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is a rare type of cancer that begins in the white blood cells attacks the skin. It is considered to be one of several different types of lymphoma collectively known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma can cause rash-like skin redness and even skin tumors at times.
Who is impacted?The risk of developing Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma increases with age and most are diagnosed at the age of 50 or older. Amongst African Americans in the US, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma may be diagnosed in the 40s. African American males are considered to have the highest risk.
T-lymphocytes (T-cells) are mutated and turn into cancer cells. People who work with glass, pottery, or ceramics have a high risk of developing Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
How is Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma diagnosed?Specialists work with each other assisting with the diagnosis of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. The tests typically done are:
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- Skin biopsies
- Imaging tests
- Treatment is typically done with
- Skin creams
- Light therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Exposing blood cells to light
- Stem cell transplant