John Zic, MD. Let’s start by defining cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCLs) and how they differ from other non-Hodgkin lymphomas. We also should discuss classification, which can be very confusing and epidemiology as it relates to the veteran population. Then I think we should dive into challenges with diagnosis and when should a VA or any provider consider mycosis fungoides (MF) and Sézary syndrome—the 2 most common variants of CTCLs.
I like to define the primary CTCLs as malignancies of the T-cell where the primary organ of involvement is the skin. However, this disease can spread to lymph nodes and visceral organs and the blood compartment in more advanced patients. Alejandro, could you provide some highlights about how CTCLs are classified?