The Patient Journey

Our team is here to help you understand the steps of your treatment plan and answer any questions you may have. We provide treatment for many types of cutaneous lymphoma. Different types of cutaneous lymphoma may mean different types of treatment. We work with you during your first appointments to develop a treatment plan personalized for you, your diagnosis, and your individual needs.

Before a diagnosis

You may have a worrisome symptom, or a routine healthcare appointment may have detected something unusual. A referral from your outside doctor is required to ensure you are a good fit for the clinic.

Your first appointment includes a thorough exam with our dedicated Cutaneous Lymphoma Program.

For a second opinion from us

If you have already been diagnosed by a provider not part of the Dartmouth Health system and want a second opinion or treatment here, please contact us.

We request background information, including medical records, imaging and pathology slides. Our team of experts reviews your records before your first appointment with one of our cutaneous lymphoma providers. Due to the unique challenges of accurately diagnosing the many types of cutaneous lymphoma, we may refer you for additional biopsies, bloodwork or other tests to confirm or clarify your case.

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After a diagnosis

If you receive a diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoma, our team of medical experts meets promptly to discuss your case. We review your medical history, bloodwork, diagnostic imaging and biopsy results. Then we discuss our recommendations for your treatment. We schedule your first consultation with the member of our team whose expertise is the best fit for your case.

We encourage you to sign up for our patient portal, myDH, so that you can remotely access information on your appointments, provider notes and test results. You can also use the portal to ask questions of anyone on your team of providers.

If your appointments don't work for you, please call us to discuss alternative options. If you need help with lodging or travel, we connect you with our social worker.

Your treatment plan

Our full team of cutaneous lymphoma experts works together to develop your treatment plan. Additionally, all cases are reviewed for participation in cutting-edge clinical trials. If you are eligible for any research studies, a research team member may contact you to explain more about the opportunity. Each of the treatments we recommend for you are tailored to the type and stage of cancer you have been diagnosed with.

After active treatment

Active treatment includes any of the following phases of your treatment:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Light therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Any combination of these

After you complete active treatment for your cutaneous lymphoma, we continue to support you through your recovery.

Many types of cutaneous lymphoma require medications to continue for 1 to 10 years or more after diagnosis. Ongoing checkups during this time are less intensive but a very important phase of treatment.

If your treatment includes:

  • Radiation, you see a radiation oncology provider for follow-up as long as necessary to address any questions or concerns you may have related to your radiation treatments.
  • Systemic therapy (chemotherapy or immunotherapy), you see a medical oncology provider for follow-up.

As you get further out from your diagnosis, your appointments may be with your care team's nurse practitioners and physician assistants. This allows us to continue to see new patients while still providing you with excellent long-term oncology care. Our Complementary Care Program also offers well-being support throughout survivorship.