Cutaneous B-Cell Lymphoma: Anyone else have this type of cancer?

Posted by bogie60 @bogie60, Feb 15, 2022

Cutaneous Follicular Lymphoma B cell Non Hodgkin's. Anyone diagnosed with this type of cancer ?

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I was diagnosed with Primary Cutaneous Marginal Zone Lymphoma (PCMZL) in 2018. It is a rare type of indolent (slow moving) nonHodgkins Cutaneous B-Cell lymphoma.

I was dxed after surgery to remove the initial purple nodules on my arm which were then sent in for biopsy. It was benign, but deemed "atypical" and sent to a 2nd lab which dxed it as PCMZL.

Since the particular type of lymphoma I have is indolent and people generally die from something else WITH it, but not because of it – I was advised by my very trusted primary care D.O. to remain being monitored quarterly as a watch & wait patient. Side effects and all of the risks associated with more aggressive approaches which may or may not help are not worth it. My PCP is monitoring and overseeing my own natural care plans.

I am pretty much left to find ways to manage symptoms myself and just live my life as best I can. Since it is so rare and I live in a rural area, most of the local medical community have never even heard of it, yet alone have any experience treating it. Even in large cities with the best of hospitals & medical centers, it appears that nobody really knows for sure what to do for us.

Since the dx, I have learned there are many different subtypes of these rare nonHodgkins Cutaneous B Cell Lymphomas. Some folks seem to be having a hard time getting a precise dx of exactly which subtype they have. I feel fortunate to at least know that much.

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