Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Treatment in Central Texas

Tru-Skin Dermatology Provides Diagnosis & Treatment of CTCL

Tru-Skin Dermatology is a comprehensive dermatology practice in Central Texas providing complete diagnosis and treatment of all forms of skin cancer, including cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL). Our founder, Danial J. Ladd, DO, is a board-certified Mohs surgeon adept at procedures of all scopes. Additionally, he is a lifetime member of an elite group of the country’s foremost dermatologists and Mohs surgeons committed to skin cancer education and prevention, called the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Amonette Circle. You can be sure with complete confidence that you’re in the best hands at any one of our locations. Contact us to learn more.

What Is Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

CTCL is a slow-growing type of skin cancer that usually develops over a few years. The body contains white blood cells called T-lymphocytes, and this particular type of white blood cell can be found in lymph tissue in areas such as the spleen, tonsils, intestines, and skin. These cells are part of the immune system, and their job is to fight infection. However, this rare type of cancer, also called lymphoma of the skin, causes itchy and scaly rashes or patches on the skin that can thicken to cause lesions or tumors.

Individuals at Risk of CTCL

This type of cancer occurs when the T-lymphocytes change and grow abnormally. The result can be lumps or masses that grow large enough to take over nearby spaces or spread to other parts of the body. While the cause is unknown, certain factors put some individuals at a higher risk than others, including:

  • Age – Older adults are more at risk.
  • Gender – Men are more likely to develop CTCL than women.
  • Immune System Health – Individuals with a weakened immune system from diseases like AIDS or a procedure such as an organ transplant are at higher risk.
  • Infection History – Certain infections, such as the Epstein-Barr virus, have been shown to increase risk.

Symptoms of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

Symptoms of this skin cancer can look very much like many other skin conditions. If you notice any abnormal bumps or changes to skin color, it’s critical to have them examined by a board-certified dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. We offer free skin cancer screenings to ensure every individual has access to the care they need. Symptoms of CTCL include:

  • Patches or thick lesions on the skin that are dry and itchy
  • A skin condition that spreads and grows in size as the cancer spreads
  • Possible tumors on the skin
  • Enlarged lymph nodes

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Treatments

There are different treatment options for patients with CTCL. We determine which is best for each individual based on the type of CTCL, the amount of skin affected, and the stage of the cancer. Treatment could be localized, which removes or controls the cancer cells in one area, or a systemic approach can be taken to treat cancer that has spread throughout the body. The ultimate goal will be to either cure, control, or help ease problems of the cancer. Patients with T-cell lymphoma may have treatment that includes one or more of the following:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Medication
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Extracorporeal Photopheresis

Learn More About CTCL and Other Skin Cancer Treatments

Skin cancer of any kind can be alarming for patients and their families. At Tru-Skin Dermatology in Central Texas, we work diligently to offer you compassionate care and effective treatments to control skin cancers, such as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, so that you can live the healthiest life possible. With eight locations in Austin, Bastrop, Bulverde/Spring Branch, Cedar Park, Hallettsville, La Grange, and Round Rock, we strive to offer convenience to our clients to make it as easy as possible to get the professional care you need in a comfortable and clean environment. Contact us to schedule a free skin cancer evaluation today.


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