Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma
Cutaneous T cell skin lymphoma happens mostly among people between the ages of 40 to 60. It is more common among men than women and among blacks than whites. It is rare in children.
Prognosis for cutaneous skin T cell cancer is difficult to do as its progression is unpredictable. There are patients who will survive and live for a long time while there are those who will experience fast tumor growth and eventually, death.
There are 14 types of cutaneous t-cell but only 2 types are the most common.
1. Mycosis fungoides is a low grade or indolent cutaneous t cell malignancy. The cancer grows slowly and resembles the shape of a mushroom.
2. Sezary syndrome is also called as red man syndrome because your affected skin becomes a large reddish patch. It is aggressive and fast growing. It affects skin of the whole body, the lymph nodes and blood.
Cutaneous t-cell is not contagious. You don't get it from being exposed to someone who has it. A lot of studies point to a suppressed or compromised immune system as a risk factor. Cutaneous t cell skin cancer is usually diagnosed among those who . . .
Since a weak immune system raises your risk, prevention of cutaneous skin lymphoma involves boosting your immune functions.
The first sign of cutaneous T cell skin tumor is an itchy rash. The malignant T cells that have migrated to your skin can then cause lesions. These lesions change shape as the cancer progresses. They may resemble other skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
This is why it is very important that you go to a dermatologist to get a correct diagnosis and to rule out cutaneous T cell lymphoma.
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Since cutaneous t cell type of lymphoma is not common, only a handful of doctors have tried treating patients diagnosed with it. Treatment options depend on the stage.
If it's early CTCL, your doctor will recommend any of the following:
For advanced cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, chemotherapy is recommended.
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