How can cutaneous t cell lymphoma be treated?

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.

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Can 2 biopsies done at same time rule out cutaneous t-cell lymphoma completely? If symptoms point to ctcl but biopsy was neg when should we re-biopsy?

Yes. Without more information i would default to another biopsy. Early diagnosis can be helpful. I would not delay. Read more...
Not Completely. The average number of biopsies to completely diagnose CTCL is about 6. That said, if the type of CTCL is the common type, mycosis fungoides(MF), and not mimics of MF, then 1 or 2 biopsies could be diagnostic especially if typical patches, plaques of CTCL. If the latter, ancillary tests including molecular clonality T cell test are crucial for diagnosis excluding mimics. Rebiopsy in about 3 mos. Read more...

What is cutaneous t-cell lymphoma exactly?

There is no exactly. These are fairly rare lymphomas that are hard to define and diagnose. What they are not..Are b cell lymphomas which are quite common in comparision. Usually, cutaneous t cell lymphomas are derived from mature t (immune) cells that settle in the skin where they cause rashes, eruptions, itching. They are usually found early and a dermatologist can actually manage them. Late stages are hard to treat. 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 more...
Mycosisfungoides etc. Cutaneous T cell lymphomas are a group of nonHodgkin lymphomas primarily arising in skin, most common type is Mycosis Fungoides, presenting as plaques and masses and are from clonal T cells and like the second most common CD30 positive lymphomas, are indolent. However aggressive CTCLs also occur, interestingly those viral induced. For detailed reading, see Cualing etal Cutaneous Hematopathology. Read more...

Most common symptoms of cutaneous t cell lymphoma?

Itchy skin. Pruritus /itchy skin would be the most common symptoms. Skin manifestation can vary from redness, dryness, lumps, etc. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

What is large cell t cell lymphoma exactly?

Cancer of T-cells. T-cell non-hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer of the t type (subset) of lymphocytes. Other types of lymphocytes include b cells. Other lymphomas include over 40 subtypes including hodgkin's lymphoma. Read more...
See below... "large cell t-cell lymphoma" is not standard nomenclature and does not represent a specific type of lymphoma recognized by the world health organization. A specific type of large t-cell lymphoma is, for example, anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Irrespective of name, lymphoma is a type of cancer that occurs in lymph nodes and other lymphoid tissues and t cells are a type of lymphocytes. Read more...

How long can t cell lymphoma patients live?

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 more...
It depends... It depends a lot on the precise subtype of the t-cell lymphoma and many other factors including stage, age, bone marrow involvement, etc. For example, alk-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma: 70-80% 5 year survival rate; alk-negative anaplastic large cell lymphoma: 50%; peripheral t-cell lymphoma not otherwise specified: 20-30%; angioimmunoblastic t-cell lymphoma:. Read more...