Cutaneous lymphoma experts provide answers to the question: "Should I get vaccinations?"
You have cancer. Those three words can unleash a riptide of emotions, from disbelief to anger to sadness to fear. All those emotions and more are normal and can be allayed by asking questions, gaining information, and talking with individuals who have either experienced the disease or understand its normal course of action.
Sharing your diagnosis with others can be difficult. Cutaneous lymphoma is not like other cancers. It is a chronic, live-a-long-time-with-it disease and most people understand cancer to be dire and often deadly.
Empowered patients are those who become active members of their healthcare team. Obtaining and keeping copies of your medical records including images (X-rays, scans, CT, MRI) and lab results is good advice for any person receiving medical attention.
Can I return to work? People living with cancer frequently ask this question. Work is an important part of our lives. It provides income, health insurance, social network of support, sense of normalcy, meaning, purpose and recognition. It is very important for you to know the legal protections that exist when you have cancer and are working or are re-entering the workforce.
You may wonder how you can live — and enjoy life — with CTCL. You are not alone.
Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL) is a cancer of lymphocytes (white blood cells) that initially affect the skin. CTCL is associated with many symptoms including itching, redness of the skin, scaliness, and many others. Sometimes patients with CTCL may notice a loss of hair, or alopecia, which can affect any area of the body.
If you have a chronic or rare disease, it's an even greater challenge to "live your best life." That's why we need to do all we can as patients to empower ourselves and ensure that we have the best care possible.
You’ve no doubt noticed that during times of stress, many of us have a natural tendency to reach out to others for support. When you’re diagnosed with cancer—or when you’re just having a discouraging day—communicating with a loved one feels like the right move. And in fact, a great deal of science suggests that it is.