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Are cutaneous T-cell lymphomas serious?

Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTLCs) are serious diseases. They are malignant tumors, for which there is no cure. Fortunately CTCLs are usually very slow-growing tumors, so the majority of people with CTCL will live a long time after it is diagnosed. However, in approximately 10% of those with CTCL, the disease progresses more rapidly, and the lymphoma spreads to distant organs where it can cause serious problems. Rapidly progressive disease is more common with Sezary syndrome (the second most common type of CTCL), than with mycosis fungoides (the most common type). The prognosis is excellent for those individuals with the usual, slow-growing disease, and it has improved recently for those with rapidly progressive disease because of better treatment.

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