July 19, 2015 | by City of Hope
Cutaneous T cell lymphomas are types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that arise when infection-fighting white blood cells in the lymphatic system – called lymphocytes – become malignant and affect the skin.
A primary symptom is a rash that arises initially in areas of the skin that are not normally exposed to sunlight. From phototherapy to topical creams, the first defense is to relieve the itching.
But is it eczema? Is it psoriasis? When do you suspect cutaneous T cell lymphoma?
Mycosis fungoides is the most common type of cutaneous T cell lymphoma. Here, Christiane Querfeld, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Cutaneous Lymphoma Program at City of Hope, discusses the disease, its diagnosis and its treatment.
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