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Signs and Symptoms of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that manifests in the skin. It is a rare cancer, affecting only one in a million people. Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is a cancer of the T cells of the immune system, unlike most non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas, which affect the B cells. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma are as follows:

  • Dry skin
  • Red rash
  • Itching, sometimes extreme
  • Dark red patches on the skin
  • Red, scaly patches on the skin called plaques
  • Bumps on the skin
  • Skin infections that do not heal

Men are twice as likely to have cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.  The average of diagnosis of T-cell lymphoma is fifty-five years.  Children are rarely affected.

Mycosis fungoides is the most common type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. It resembles a mushroom-like tumor which usually stays confined to the skin. The prognosis for mycosis fungoides is considered to be good, as the tumor does not usually progress to the other organs or lymphatic system, although in some cases, it does progress.

Sezary syndrome is a more aggressive form of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. This condition is identified by a widespread red, scaly rash. Malignant lymphocytes are often present in the blood.

Diagnosis of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

A diagnosis of cutaneous T-Cell lymphoma involves a biopsy of the skin tissue or nodule. In some cases, repeated biopsies may be necessary to rule out other similar but non-cancerous skin conditions.  In addition to a skin biopsy, a blood test may be taken to examine the blood for lymphoma cells.  This will assist in making a definitive diagnosis of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma: Mycosis Fungoides and Sezary Syndrome (Dermatology: Clinical & Basic Science)
Herschel S. Zackheim
Cutaneous Lymphomas (Basic and Clinical Dermatology)
Günter Burg

Cutaneous t Cell Lymphoma: Basic and Clinically Relevant Biology (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences)
Richard Edelson
Cutaneous Lymphomas: Unusual Cases 2 (v. 2)
B. Fruet

Cutaneous T-Call Lymphoma Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Lymphoma Research Foundation

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) Overview Types of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, Treatment Options, Treatments Under Investigation, Participating In Clinical Trials.

  • Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation

About Cutaneous Lymphoma CTCL-MF Fast Facts. Order a copy of CTCL-MF Fast Facts here.

  • Cancer Help UK

This page tells you about cutaneous T cell lymphoma.

  • WD

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma information including symptoms, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, treatment, causes, patient stories, videos, forums, prevention, and prognosis.

  • Experience Project

Do You Have Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma? Join friendly people sharing true stories in the I Have Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma group. Find support forums, advice and chat with others who know what you’re going through.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma occurs in many forms. Learn about diagnosis and treatment options at Mayo Clinic.