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
How is Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma treated?
  • Treatment is typically done with
  • Skin creams
  • Light therapy
  • Medications
  • Radiation therapy
  • Exposing blood cells to light
  • Stem cell transplant


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