Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma | B-Cell Lymphoma

T-Cell and B-Cell Lymphoma


Lymphoma, a blood cancer, attacks the immune system by the uncontrollable growth of lymphocytes, white blood cells, and is divided into Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Cancerous lymphocytes, B-lymphocytes (B-cells) and T-lymphocytes (T-cells), travel throughout the body and form tumors. Most NHLs and Hodgkin's are B cell lymphomas. Hodgkin's and NHLs receive different treatments. NHL can be either indolent (slow-growing) or aggressive. There are many different types of T cell and B cell lymphomas.


Swollen lymph nodes, rashes and fevers are common symptoms, but because there are so many different lymphomas, starting in different parts of the body, the first symptoms vary. Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma is a skin cancer affecting 2-3% of NHL patients; it starts as a rash, forms lesions and eventually spreads to other parts of the body. There are many types of Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma, including Mycosis Fungoides (Alibert-Bazin syndrome).


Because there are so many types of cancers, the treatments vary. In general, treatments include drugs, chemotherapy and possibly surgery.

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