Lymphoma of the Skin

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Treating Lymphoma of the Skin TOPICS

How is lymphoma of the skin treated?

This information represents the views of the doctors and nurses serving on the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Information Database Editorial Board. These views are based on their interpretation of studies published in medical journals, as well as their own professional experience.
The treatment information in this document is not official policy of the Society and is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your cancer care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.
Your doctor may have reasons for suggesting a treatment plan different from these general treatment options. Don’t hesitate to ask him or her questions about your treatment options.

General treatment information

In recent years, much progress has been made in treating skin lymphoma, and several newer types of treatment have come into use.

Once a skin lymphoma is found and staged, your health care team will discuss your treatment options with you. The treatment options for a person with skin lymphoma depend on the kind of lymphoma and its stage, as well as other factors such as your overall health. Of course, no two patients are exactly alike, and treatment options are tailored to each patient’s situation.

Several types of treatment can be used for skin lymphoma. These can generally be divided into:

Sometimes these treatments are used together.

Based on your treatment options, you might have different types of doctors on your treatment team. These doctors may include:

  • A dermatologist: a doctor who treats diseases of the skin
  • A hematologist: a doctor who treats disorders of the blood, including lymphomas
  • A medical oncologist: a doctor who treats cancer with medicines
  • A radiation oncologist: a doctor who treats cancer with radiation therapy

Many other specialists might be part of your treatment team as well, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and other health professionals. See our document Health Professionals Associated With Cancer Care for more on this.

It is important to discuss all of your treatment options, including their goals and possible side effects, with your doctors to help make the decision that best fits your needs. It’s also very important to ask questions if there is anything you’re not sure about. You can find some good questions to ask in the section “What should I ask my doctor about lymphoma of the skin?

If time allows, it is often a good idea to get a second opinion. A second opinion can provide more information and help you feel confident about the treatment plan you choose.

The next sections describe the different types of treatment for skin lymphomas. This is followed by a discussion of the most common treatment options based on the specific type of lymphoma.

Last Medical Review: 08/04/2014
Last Revised: 08/04/2014