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