Anaplastic large cell lymphoma

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Anaplastic large cell lymphoma

Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), which is a kind of blood cancer, that involves abnormal T-cells (please also visit: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.). T cells are a type of white blood cell in your body that help fight diseases. These abnormal T-cells may build up in the lymph nodes (small oval-shaped immune system organs) causing them to swell. Common symptoms include painless swelling in the neck, armpit, or groin due to the enlarged lymph nodes. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, tiredness, night sweats, fevers, or weight loss. ALCL can initially appear in either skin, lymph nodes or other organs throughout the body. When it appears in the skin, it is called primary cutaneous ALCL and has a less aggressive disease course. ALCL is diagnosed through the examination of any enlarged lymph nodes. Further inspection may be required through a biopsy in which doctors will remove the lymph node itself. Other tests include bone marrow samples, blood tests, x-rays or scans. ALCL is divided into two types at present, depending on whether or not their cells have an abnormal form of a protein on their surface called "anaplastic lymphoma kinase" (ALK). ALK- positive ALCL is considered more likely to affect children or young adults and responds well to standard chemotherapy treatments, putting most patients in long-term remission. ALK-negative ALCL more likely affects individuals over 60 and although it responds well to treatment at first, it is more likely to return. The causes of ALCL are currently unknown. However, it is neither infectious nor can it be passed on to other people. The main treatment for ALCL is chemotherapy, but radiotherapy and/or stem cell treatment may be recommended. Talk to your doctor to see if you or a family member has been diagnosed with this condition to find the most current treatment options available.

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National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

The mission of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link is to help patients, caregivers, and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow/stem cell transplant from diagnosis through survivorship by providing vital information and personalized support services.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

The mission of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link is to help patients, caregivers, and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow/stem cell transplant from diagnosis through survivorship by providing vital information and personalized support services.

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Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Anaplastic large cell lymphoma" returned 361 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Small cell variant of ALK-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma with primary subcutaneous presentation: A case report.
 

Author(s): Tang-Her Jaing, Tsung-Yen Chang, Shih-Hsiang Chen, Yu-Chuan Wen, Wen-Yu Chuang, Chao-Ping Yang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jun;97(26):e11222.

 

The rare morphological variant of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) may pose a challenge in diagnosis, especially when presentation primarily involves skin lesions.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Primary cutaneous anaplastic large-cell lymphoma: A case report.
 

Author(s): Kamil Abed, Zygmunt Stopa, Marta Siewert-Gutowska

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jan;97(4):e9645.

 

Primary cutaneous anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (C-ALCL) is a rare cancer belonging to the group of primary T-cell lymphoproliferative diseases. C-ALCL is characterized by the presence of single or multiple ulcerated lesions on the skin's surface.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Five-year results of brentuximab vedotin in patients with relapsed or refractory systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
 

Author(s): Barbara Pro, Ranjana Advani, Pauline Brice, Nancy L Bartlett, Joseph D Rosenblatt, Tim Illidge, Jeffrey Matous, Radhakrishnan Ramchandren, Michelle Fanale, Joseph M Connors, Keenan Fenton, Dirk Huebner, Juan M Pinelli, Dana A Kennedy, Andrei Shustov

Journal: Blood. 2017 12;130(25):2709-2717.

 

This pivotal phase 2 study evaluated the safety and efficacy of brentuximab vedotin in patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). After a median observation period of approximately 6 years from first treatment, we examined the durability ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Anaplastic large cell lymphoma" returned 37 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive large B-cell lymphoma: Clinico-pathological study of 17 cases with review of literature.
 

Author(s): Xiang-Nan Jiang, Bao-Hua Yu, Wei-Ge Wang, Xiao-Yan Zhou, Xiao-Qiu Li

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We retrospectively analysed 17 cases of anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive large B-cell lymphoma (ALK+, LBCL) according to the morphological, immunohistochemical, molecular and clinical features, using which we intend to elucidate the clinicopathological characteristics of this rare ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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ALK-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma undiagnosed in a patient with tuberculosis: a case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Weerapat Owattanapanich, Pakpoom Phoompoung, Sanya Sukpanichnant

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Due to a similarity between the features of lymphoma and the features of tuberculosis, lymphoma may go unrecognized and undiagnosed in patients with tuberculosis.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Primary rare anaplastic large cell lymphoma, ALK positive in small intestine: case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Qinghua Cao, Fang Liu, Shurong Li, Ni Liu, Lihui Li, Changzhao Li, Tingsheng Peng

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Primary anaplastic large cell lymphoma, ALK positive in small intestine is clinically rare and the clinical, radiological and pathological information are generally not available. Here, we report a case of 32-year-old male with ALK positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Study of Brentuximab Vedotin in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Systemic Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Anaplastic Large-cell Lymphoma

 

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2018

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Ceritinib With Brentuximab Vedotin in Treating Patients With ALK-Positive Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, ALK-Positive; CD30-Positive Neoplastic Cells Present; Systemic Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

 

Last Updated: 20 Apr 2018

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Brentuximab Vedotin and Imatinib in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory ALK+ ALCL
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: ALK+ Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

 

Last Updated: 26 Jun 2017

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