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Cutaneous Lymphoma Staging

Understanding the Stages of Cutaneous Lymphoma

Staging is the process of determining whether cancer has spread and, if so, how far. It is important to know the stage of the disease in order to plan treatment.

Symptoms of cutaneous lymphoma depend on the stage of the cancer (how far it has spread). The following are the most common symptoms of cutaneous lymphoma:

Stage Symptoms

Stage I

Dry, red, scaly patches or bumps on skin, but no tumors
Lymph nodes are normal

Stage II

Dry, red, scaly patches or bumps on skin, but no tumors. Lymph nodes are enlarged but do not contain cancer cells.
OR
At least one tumor on skin. Lymph nodes are normal or larger than normal, but do not contain cancer cells

Stage III

Most of the skin is dry, red, scaly, or bumpy, and may have tumors
Lymph nodes are normal or larger than normal, but do not contain cancer cells

Stage IV

Skin is dry, red, scaly, or bumpy, and may have tumors
Cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and/or to other organs, such as the liver or spleen

The symptoms of cutaneous lymphoma may resemble other dermatological conditions. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

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