Cutaneous Lymphoma

Cutaneous lymphoma overview

Cutaneous lymphomas, also known as lymphomas of the skin, are cancers of the lymphocyte (a type of white blood cell) that are primarily in the skin, but may involve the lymph nodes, blood, and other organs. All cutaneous lymphomas are non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is one of few centers in the United States that has experience treating cutaneous lymphoma and specializes in providing novel therapies and clinical studies for this rare disease. 

The T-Cell Lymphoma Program began in January 2009, and SCCA is an active member of the T-Cell Consortium—a small group of T cell lymphoma specialists from around the world who are working together toward a cure for this rare disease. SCCA's Cutaneous Lymphoma Specialty Clinic brings the activities of the T-Cell Lymphoma Program directly to patients. A team of specialists from dermatology, pathology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology provide a comprehensive approach to diagnose and treat patients with cutaneous lymphoma.

At SCCA, we view treatment as a collaborative effort. SCCA's Cutaneous Lymphoma Specialty Clinic brings together providers from many areas of cancer care: radiation oncology, medical oncologist, and dermatology, as well as pathology.  They coordinate to design a treatment plan tailored to you, and they involve other team members, such as a nutritionists, supportive care specialists, nurses, and social workers, depending on your needs.

Your doctors will discuss all of your options based on your diagnosis and how it has progressed. We’ll also consider your general health, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Together, your team will recommend a blend of treatments and a sequence in which to deliver your treatments to optimize your results.

Newly diagnosed

Studies have shown that the first treatment you receive for cancer is by far the most important. That’s why your first choice in a treatment center needs to be the right one.

  • Many patients who begin their treatment at SCCA have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere.
  • The experts you need are right here: a world-class team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and pathologists.
  • As a member institution of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, SCCA is home to doctors who help define the guidelines for cancer care nationally.
  • Patients at SCCA have access to advanced therapies being explored in clinical studies conducted at SCCA and its founding organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine.
  • You’ll also find the most advanced diagnostic, treatment, and recovery programs—as well as extensive support to help you cope with your cancer.

Treatment

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is one of few centers in the United States that has experience treating cutaneous lymphoma and specializes in providing novel therapies and clinical studies for this rare disease. Patients are referred to SCCA for our collaborative efforts between research and clinical studies for peripheral (systemic) and cutaneous T-cell lymphomas in general, as well as specific subtypes, bringing focus to this challenging disease.

Providers

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.