Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

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Definition

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is considered an extremely rare disease, and is usually occurs in people between the ages 40-60, primarily affecting the skin. This medical condition is caused by the uncontrollable development of within blood cells on the skin, which is known as T-cells. Among the most common types cutaneous T-cell lymphoma are Sezary syndrome and mycosis fungoides.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis for Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is typically made through the removal or getting a skin sample or what is more commonly known as biopsy of the affected area in order to examine the skin cells under the microscope. This operation is usually done with patient's administered with local anaesthetic to better manage the pain.

Treatment

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is primarily treated with phototheraphy, and is known to be highly ideal for patients that have large areas of affected skin. A drug called psoralen is also prescribed to sensitize the the skin that best respond to the ultraviolet light treatment. Te photochemotheraphy is much like sitting under a sunlamp and would usually require patients to be treated several times in a week.

Causes

The cause of Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is still largely unknown and like other types of cancer is considered not infectious and cannot be passed on to other people even in close contact.

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