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Clin Dermatol. 2004 May-Jun;22(3):197-208.

Current management strategies for cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

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  • 1Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York, USA.


Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma is a group of lymphomas characterized by a malignant proliferation of skin homing T cells. Prognosis is generally good and treatment is based on the stage of the disease with the goal of inducing remission. Patients with disease limited to the skin in the form of patches and plaques respond best to "skin directed therapy" with topical agents including corticosteroids, nitrogen mustard, carmustine, bexarotene gel, as well as phototherapy with ultraviolet B light, PUVA, or photodynamic therapy. Tazarotene and imiquimod show potential in the treatment of early CTCL. Patients with disease resistant to treatment or with advanced disease require more aggressive therapy in the form of total skin electron beam radiation, biologic response modifiers including interferon alpha, bexarotene, denileukin diftitox, extracorporeal photochemotherapy or combination therapy. The use of chemotherapy is used primarily for palliation. Allogeneic hematopoetic stem cell transplantation may represent a successful treatment for treatment resistant disease.

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