Dermatologists located in Bluefield, Radford and Wytheville, VA and Beckley, Princeton and Oak Hill, WV


Lymphomas are a group of cancers that affect the lymphatic system. At Derm One, with locations in Bluefield, Radford, and Wytheville, Virginia, as well as Beckley, Princeton, and Oak Hills, West Virginia, the team diagnoses and treats cutaneous lymphomas that show up as scaly bumps or patches on your skin. Call today or use the online tool to set up an appointment to learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of lymphomas. 

What are cutaneous lymphomas?

Cutaneous lymphomas are cancers of the lymphatic system that primarily involve the skin. The cancer begins in the cells of the immune system.

Cutaneous lymphomas appear as skin lesions, rashes, or nodules. The skin is the largest organ affected by these lymphomas.

When should I suspect I have cutaneous lymphomas?

Symptoms of cutaneous lymphomas include: 

  • Persistent, itchy rashes
  • Red or scaly patches
  • Lumps
  • Skin nodules

Lymphomas share symptoms with a number of other skin conditions, so if you notice any concerning bumps or lesions on your skin, you should make an appointment at Derm One. 

How do you diagnose cutaneous lymphomas?

The team at Derm One performs a thorough clinical examination, skin biopsy, and often additional tests such as blood work, imaging, or lymph node biopsy to diagnose lymphomas. The providers work closely with oncologists to determine the type and extent of cutaneous lymphomas.

How do you treat cutaneous lymphomas?

Treatment varies depending on the type and stage of your condition. The Derm One dermatologists may offer topical treatments, phototherapy, systemic medications, or, in some cases, radiation therapy or stem cell transplantation. The team customizes your treatment plan according to your overall health and the characteristics of the lymphoma.

Who is at risk of developing cutaneous lymphomas?

The exact cause of cutaneous lymphomas is often unknown. As people increase in age, they tend to be more at risk. And, if you have a compromised immune system, are male, or are of African-American descent, your risk also increases. But, people without clear risk factors can also develop lymphomas.

This is why it’s important to schedule regular skin examinations and to seek care if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

Can I avoid getting lymphomas?

Because most lymphomas have no known cause, you can’t really prevent them from developing. And being that a weakened immune system is a risk factor, keeping yourself healthy may help limit your risk. Avoid known risk factors for HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), such as unprotected sex with a person whose HIV status is unknown or sharing needles for intravenous drug use. 

If you’re concerned you have symptoms of lymphoma, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at Derm One. Call one of the offices today or use this website to reach out.