The RUSH Approach to Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Care
When it comes to rare cancers that are hard to diagnosis, experience matters. Dermatology and cancer experts at RUSH specialize in diagnosing and treating cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) — a group of rare, non-Hodgkin lymphomas that start on your skin. It often appears as an itchy, red rash and may be confused with other skin infections or problems.
Our team of dermatologists, medical oncologists and nurses who specialize in treating CTCL will start by diagnosing the cancer. They'll then put together a care plan that revolves around your symptoms, how CTCL is affecting your quality of life and the type of CTCL you have.
Your team will tailor your care depending on the type of CTCL you have — mycosis fungoides (the most common form) or Sezary syndrome (the most serious form). Your treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, creams, medications or extracorporeal photopheresis (a specialized treatment for advanced CTCL).
RUSH Excellence in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Care
- One-on-one extracorporeal photopheresis: Extracorporeal photopheresis (commonly known as ECP) is one of the most effective treatments for many people with advanced cutaneous T-cell lymphomas. This painless but complex procedure treats your white blood cells and returns them to your body — which helps improve your symptoms. RUSH University Medical Center is one of just a handful of hospitals across the United States that offer this treatment. And we're one of an even smaller number to offer one-on-one nursing care.
- Clinical trials for CTCL: RUSH offers innovative treatments and several clinical trials for the small percentage of people who have more severe CTCL. Some of these trials are looking at promising treatments that include medications, creams and light therapy.