Progressive Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

What is Progressive Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma?

Progressive Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (PCTL) is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which is an aggressive cancer that affects white blood cells known as T-cells. PCTL typically affects the integumentary system (skin). Symptoms of PCTL include red patches, nodules, plaques, or tumors on the skin, often in the scalp, face, neck, or upper trunk. However, PCTL can spread to other parts of the body, including the bone marrow.

Who is at Risk of PCTL?

PCTL is a rare type of cancer, so there is no single risk factor for developing the condition. However, certain factors such as age, gender, and ethnicity may increase the risk of developing PCTL. For example, PCTL affects mostly people over the age of 50, but may occur at any age. Additionally, PCTL is more common in males than females. Finally, PCTL is more commonly seen in people of African American or Hispanic descent.

Diagnosis of PCTL

The diagnosis of PCTL is often made