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How do I care for someone with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma?

Caring for people with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) involves helping them deal with the effects of the disease and its treatment. The exact type of care they will need will depend on the type of CTCL, how much it has spread, and the treatment the person has received. However, the possible need for emotional support should be anticipated for most people with CTCL. As this malignancy affects the skin, it will affect the way individuals with the disease look, which can make them feel embarrassed and want to avoid being around others. This can lead to loneliness and depression. Individuals with the disease may also need physical support if they have difficulty doing their work or chores. You should provide whatever support is necessary, and enlist others, such as family members, friends, and support groups to help as needed. You should also be aware of some of the everyday things that can be done to help deal with the disease, especially itching. For example, only very mild detergent should be used to do the laundry.

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