Diagnosis & Staging

"Why did it take so long to be diagnosed?" This is a frequent question many patients and their loved ones ask. Learning more about how cutaneous lymphoma is diagnosed can help relieve some of that frustration. It is also important to understanding how staging cutaneous lymphoma differs from other types of lymphoma and what role it plays in treatment.

EARLY STAGE DISEASE Q&A

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.

OBTAINING A PROPER CUTANEOUS LYMPHOMA DIAGNOSIS

Uncommon diseases pose a number of challenges, one of which is the difficulty patients and physicians face in reaching a proper diagnosis. A definitive diagnosis will help inform treatment decisions and potentially yield better patient-related outcomes over time.
FROM GUIDE CONTRIBUTORS

Staging Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma

Staging describes how much of the body is affected by cutaneous lymphoma and where. Identifying your stage is important in determining appropriate treatment.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN T-CELL CUTANEOUS LYMPHOMA

Advances are being made in improving diagnostic tools. Dr. Christiane Quelfeld presents what has become available and what the future holds.

CUTANEOUS LYMPHOMAS: DIAGNOSIS AND STAGING

Overview of how cutaneous lymphoma is diagnosed and classified; plus an explanation of staging. 

Why are so many skin biopsies required?