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Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Clinic

Specialists at Rush offer personalized care for people with mycosis fungoides, Sézary syndrome or any other type of cutaneous T-cell or B-cell lymphoma.

Working as a team, dermatologists, hematologist/oncologists, radiation oncologists and specialized nurses design a treatment plan to fit each patient’s needs, including one or more of the following:

  • Antibodies and other immunotherapies, or drugs that prompt your immune system to fight cancer
  • Chemotherapy, or cancer-fighting drugs.
  • Extracorporeal photopheresis, during which a machine painlessly draws some of your blood through an IV and treats your white blood cells before returning your blood to your body.
  • Drugs applied directly to your skin, such as corticosteroids.
  • Narrowband UVB light therapy, or light waves that can treat skin conditions
  • Photodynamic therapy, during which doctors combine a laser and a drug to kill cancer cells.
  • Radiation therapy, which doctors can use to target specific tumors or to treat cancer that has spread

In addition to caring for patients, experts at Rush continuously research new cutaneous T-cell lymphoma treatments. That means they can offer new options through clinical trials.

They also offer access to a range of services through the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program. These include acupuncture, massage, nutritional counseling and other therapies that can help reduce your stress and improve your quality of life.

One-on-one extracorporeal photopheresis care

Extracorporeal photopheresis is one of the most effective treatments for many people with advanced cutaneous T-cell lymphomas. It may also help people with graft-versus-host disease.

Rush is one of a handful of hospitals across the United States that offer this treatment. And it’s one of an even smaller number that offer one-on-one nursing care for those who need this painless but complex procedure.

During the procedure, you to lie or sit for a few hours while a machine processes and treats your blood. At many other hospitals, one nurse might care for multiple patients having the procedure at the same time. At Rush, you’ll have your nurse’s undivided attention, which helps insure your comfort and the quality of your care.