Skin Care / Itch


Skincare Corner Q&A is a regular feature in our Forum newsletter and the questions and answers are reproduced here after publication. Learn more about how to care for your skin.


A question and answer session related to early stage cutaneous lymphoma. Question topics include:
-How do I know my stage? Will my stage change?
-What prompts a skin biopsy?
-Why does it take so long to diagnose?
-What is proper skin care?
-Do patches and plaques present themselves differently?
-Does the disease always need to be treated with early-stage?
-Is it common to feel "uncomfortable" and "lethargic"?
-How does the relationship between the clinical and pathology effect diagnosis?

Recorded at the 2017 2-Day Patient Conference in New York, NY.

Understanding Itch

Most people with cutaneous lymphoma have itching but few have been successful in finding relief from this symptom. Why aren’t there good drugs available to relieve itch?

Managing Itch

For most patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or CTCL, itchiness, also known as pruritus, can range in degree from a minor irritation to a tormenting sensation that can significantly decrease an individual’s quality of life. Although a definitive cause for itch has yet to be determined, there are various treatments that may help relieve it.

Skin Care Solutions

With the proper care, skin can often be improved in many cutaneous lymphoma patients. It is important to note that products do not always have to be the most expensive. Quality ingredients are much more important than cost. By knowing the basics about skin care products, you will hopefully be able to improve your quality of life and live your best life possible.

Skin Care: Wet Wraps and Thick Skin Remedies

Dryness of the skin, irritation, and itchiness are very unpleasant manifestations of cutaneous lymphoma. Fortunately, a lot can be done to improve the condition of the skin with over-the-counter creams or ointments.

Should I be exposing myself to the sun?

Is it okay to spend time in the sun if you have cutaneous lymphoma? Our clinical experts explore when sun exposure is beneficial when it should be avoided.

Lesion Care

For many individuals with cutaneous lymphoma, quality of life is directly related to the current condition of their skin. Recommendations for cleaning, dressing and caring for lesions, as well as information on treatments such as radiation, topical solutions and systematic pain management are provided by Dr. Bizhan Micaily.

Answers from the Experts: Itch

Cutaneous lymphoma experts provide answers to the question: "What recommendations do you have for managing itch?"


Clinical Research Fellow Tara Jennings from the Thomas Jefferson University provides guidelines for skin maintenance as it relates to cutaneous lymphoma.


2017 2-day Patient Conference in Manhattan Beach, CA
Expert Presenter: Allister Benjamin Chase, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP, Genentech, Public Affairs & Advocacy

Nurse Practitioner Allister Benjamin Chase provides an overview of how to care for skin affected by cutaneous lymphoma and methods for managing itch (pruritus).