Duke dermatologists treat all forms of this rare cancer, including cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Cutaneous lymphoma, which begins in white blood cells called lymphocytes, causes a variety of skin changes, including a dry, scaly, itchy red rash as well as larger growths and tumors. Our dermatologists are recognized for their skill in diagnosing this condition and for testing new therapies and approaches to care. Our goal is to start treatment at the earliest stage possible to slow disease progression and improve your quality of life.
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While there is no cure for cutaneous lymphoma, an accurate diagnosis is key to finding the most effective treatment.
Comprehensive Physical Exam
Your doctor will evaluate the size, shape, color, and texture of skin rashes and check your lymph nodes, which contain your immune cells, to determine if they are enlarged. Blood tests help confirm a diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoma.
The doctor removes tissue samples from the affected areas. The samples are viewed under a microscope to check for cancerous cells.
Chest X-ray, CT, and MRI scans determine if cutaneous lymphoma has spread to lymph nodes or other organs.
Why Choose Duke
Extensive Knowledge and Experience
We are a national referral center for cutaneous lymphoma patients. While this condition is often difficult to diagnose, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment.
Clinical Trial Access
We are involved in clinical trials to help set national guidelines for treating this disease. As a result, you may be eligible to participate in ongoing clinical trials, which test therapies before they are widely available.
A Team of Specialists
When appropriate, our dermatologists work with lymphoma specialists, including medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists. We ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment for your condition.
Where you receive your cancer care is important. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our cancer program is nationally ranked, and the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2020–2021.