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T Cell Lymphoma
A Rare Lymphoma: Hstcl is a rare cancer of the the white blood cells. It usually affects young men with a history of immunosuppression for other diseases like inflammatory bowel disease (uc and/or crohn's) or after an organ transplant. The bad cells usually grow in the liver, spleen and bone marrow. It is treated with chemotherapy and possibly a bone marrow transplant. It unfortunately can be difficult to cure. ...Read more
Type of NHL: Cutaneous t cell lymphoma (ctcl) is a type of non-hodgkin's lymphoma(nhl) , which is a type of cancer of the immune system. Unlike most nhl (which are generally b-cell related), ctcl is caused by a mutation of t cells. The malignant t cells in the body initially migrate to the skin, causing various lesions to appear- reference wikipedia and cancer.Gov. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many types : There are many types of t cell lymphoma. Some types are very slow growing, treatable but not curable..Patients can live for decades. Other types are much more aggressive. Some are highly treatable and even can be cured while others are quite difficult to get into remission. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple fashions: It varies by stage (spread). It can be treated via chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Some use total skin radiation in some cases. In my practice, even when widespread and felt to be "incurable" focal radiation a small number of worst problemsites (say 2 or 3) can make it a long term issue when other methods of treatment fail. It is best to find a team of local md's who treat it often. ...Read more
T-cell NHL: The prognosis for t-cell non-hodgkin's lymphoma (nhl) vs. B-cell nhl depends on multiple factors, but in general t-cell nhl has a worse prognosis. One reason is that b-cell, cd20+ nhl can be treated with the anti-cd20 monoclonal antibody Rituximab in addition to chemotherapy. We currently don't have such an effective, low toxicity antibody (biologic treatment) for t-cell nhl. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
Skin biopsy for some reason tested cd3 but was neg does that ensure no t cell lymphoma or it could still be developing?
Yiour doctor/oncolog: Only your treating doctor can help explain what is going on. Please ask him/her to explain and get your answers from the person putting you thru the biopsies etc. It does not sound anything meaningful to me. ...Read more
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