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Is cutaneous lymphoma contagious and is there a cure?

 

Is cutaneous lymphoma contagious?

Cutaneous lymphoma is not contagious.

It is not an infection and there are no infectious agents known to cause the disease.  There has been research investigating the role of viruses, but the results are inconclusive.

Is there a cure for cutaneous lymphoma?

We can’t definitively say there is no known cure for cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), however, it is important to consider the definition of cure.

Some patients can be put into long-term remission (many years) with treatment, which may be considered a cure. The most recent research has indicated that patients diagnosed with early-stage CTCL, which is 70-80% of patients diagnosed, will have a normal life expectancy.

It is also important to remember that statistics deal with groups of people, not individuals.  In the last few years there has been much more research, better treatment options and more collaboration among physicians, all contributing to better care for CTCL patients.