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Glossary for Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

  • Alopecia: Various types of hair loss or balding
  • Atopic dermatitis: Skin disorder characterized by chronic inflammation, and pruritis. Often hereditary and associated with allergic rhinitis and asthma.
  • Cancer: Abnormal overgrowth of body cells.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Enlarged lymph nodes: Where the lymph glands are swollen more than there normal size
  • Erythema: A condition which is characterized by redness of the skin due to congestion of the capillaries
  • Human carcinogen -- Etoposide: Etoposide is deemed to be carcinogenic to humans. The carcinogenicity of the substance may be influenced by the duration and level of exposure.
  • Hyperpigmentation: Excess skin pigment or coloration
  • Immune disorders: Disorders that affect the immune system
  • Itching skin: Itching feeling of the skin.
  • Large plaque parapsoriasis: A skin condition characterized by red scaly skin lesions which resemble psoriasis. The chronic, inflammatory skin lesions are relatively difficult to treat. The lesions are considered precursors to Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
  • Leprosy: A chronic, progressive infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae which causes skin sores and also affects the eyes, mucous membranes and peripheral nerves.
  • Lymphatic system conditions: Medical conditions affecting the lymphatic system including lymph nodes and lymphatic circulation.
  • Lymphatic system tumors: Any type of tumor affecting the lymphatic system, whether cancerous or benign.
  • Metastatic cancer: Any cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
  • Mycosis fungoides: Mycosis fungoides is a rare form of T-cell lymphoma of the skin. The disease is typically slowly progressive and chronic.
  • Parapsoriasis: A group of skin condition characterized by red scaly skin which resemble psoriasis. The chronic, inflammatory skin lesions are relatively difficult to treat. The skin lesions may develop into cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
  • Pruritus: The sensation of itch
  • Psoriasis: Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition where the defective immune system causes skin cells to grow rapidly. It affects a significant number of people. Arthritis, which can be severe, is associated with the psoriasis in up to a third of cases. Not all patients who are susceptible to the condition will develop it - roughly 10% of those susceptible will actually develop the condition. There are various environmental factors which can trigger the onset of the disease e.g. strep throat (common trigger), some medication, stress and cold weather. Once the disease develops, it may resolve on its own or with treatment or may become a persistent chronic condition. The severity and duration of symptoms is variable.
  • Sezary syndrome: A rare type of lymphoma characterized by skin redness, leukemia and enlarged lymph nodes.
  • Skin conditions: Any condition that affects the skin
  • Tinea corporis: A condition which is characterized by tinea of glabrous skin


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