Lymphomas occur when white blood cells called lymphocytes, have uncontrolled growth. Some of these lymphocytes involve the skin and cause dry, itching skin, or rashes. These are known as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or cutaneous lymphoma.
Cutaneous lymphoma can begin in the skin, or it can begin in other parts of the body and travel to the skin. It can also spread to lymph nodes and other organs in the body. We use a team approach to care for this complicated disease.
Specialty Care for Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
Patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma may need expert care from both skin doctors and blood cancer doctors. Through our specialty clinic, patients can conveniently see both specialists in one visit. They will receive a thorough evaluation, which may include a skin biopsy.
Our specialists work together to determine the right treatment approach for each patient. Patients with advanced disease may have their case presented at a tumor board. In this conference, several specialists discuss the patient’s case and come up with the best treatment plan.
Innovative Treatments for Cutaneous Lymphoma
GW Cancer Center is a leader in using novel treatments for many cancers. For cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, our treatment line-up includes:
- Targeted therapies (drugs that work at the molecular level to stop cancer)
- Topical creams and ointments
- Light therapy
- Radiation therapy (using energy beams to fight cancer)
- Chemotherapy (using the blood stream to deliver anti-cancer drugs)
Our doctors always use the least-invasive treatment that will get results. For complicated or advanced cases, we have experience combining therapies for better results.
Spotlight on Phototherapy (Light Therapy) for Lymphoma Rash
Our doctors are experts in the use of phototherapy (light therapy) for cutaneous lymphomas. Phototherapy is the use of a noncancerous, narrow band of ultraviolet light.
Cutaneous lymphoma does not appear in areas of the body that are not exposed to the sun, such as the buttocks, genitals, and thighs. Because this disease does not tolerate light, exposing it to ultraviolet light is an effective treatment.