Cutaneous lymphomas are cancers of lymphocytes (white blood cells) that primarily involve the skin. Classification is based on lymphocyte type: B-lymphocytes (B-cell) or T-lymphocytes (T-cell).
Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) is the most common type of cutaneous lymphoma that typically presents with red, scaly patches or thickened plaques of skin that often mimic eczema or chronic dermatitis. Progression from limited skin involvement is variable and may be accompanied by tumor formation, ulceration, and exfoliation, complicated by itching and infections. Advanced stages are defined by involvement of lymph nodes, peripheral blood, and internal organs.
Learning everything you can about cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, or CTCL, will help you better understand your disease, learn about available treatments, evaluate options for managing symptoms, coordinate effective communication with your healthcare team, and live the best life you can along your individual journey with cutaneous lymphoma.
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