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Is cutaneous t-cell lymphoma the same as non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
CTCL subset of NHL: Cutaneous t-cell lymphoma (ctcl) is a subset of non-hodgkin's lymphoma (nhl). There are >40 nhl subtypes. Ctcl is one.
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Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Not exactly...: Cutaneous t cell lymphoma (ctcl) is a disorder of a type of immune cell, the t cell. Hodgkin's disease is a cancer of b cells, another type of immune cell. Thus ctcl is technically a non-hodgkin's lymphoma. However, people typically use 'non-hodgkin's lymphoma' to describe other types of b cell cancers that do not fit the characteristics of hodgkin's disease. Talk with your doctor for more info.
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T-cell lymphoma, non-hodgkin's lymphoma - what are they, are they the same thing?

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Dr. William A Biermann
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Not really: Non-hodgkin's lymphomas are a very large group of diseases. Lymph cell can be called t cells or b cells based on surface proteins. T cell lymphomas are just one group of non-hodgkins lymphomas. There are also several types of those tcell lymphomas.
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