What is Primary Cutaneous Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma?Primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma is a subtype of white blood cell cancer that arises from T lymphocytes and develops in the skin. T lymphocytes are the type of white blood cells that help to fight various pathogens (Disease-causing microorganisms or agents). PCALCL shows a good prognosis (likely course of the disease) with a five-year survival rate is 90%.
Disease EtiologyThere is no well-known cause.
Disease EpidemiologyThis accounts for approximately 10% of all skin lymphomas. It can affect people of any age, but it is most common in people with an average age of 45 to 60. It is slightly more common in men than in women.
Signs and SymptomsThe patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- The appearance of single or multiple slowly growing reddish plaques or tumor on the skin
- Itching at the site of the tumor
- Ulceration in the tumor
- Enlarged lymph nodes of the head, neck, armpits, and groin
- In advanced cases where the tumor spread to the other parts of the body patient may suffer from fever, weight loss, and night sweats
DiagnosisThe following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis these are
- Diagnostic imaging techniques such as USG, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan can be used to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumor.
- Tumor biopsy
- Histo-pathological examination
TreatmentTreatment options include surgical removal of the affected tissue, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and radiotherapy. Treatment recommendations vary according to the type, staging of the lymphoma, and general health of the patient.
What Support can we Give for Primary Cutaneous Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma?Primary Cutaneous Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma is a rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Primary Cutaneous Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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