Survival Data for 299 Patients with Primary Cutaneous Lymphomas: A Monocentre Study
Christian Hallermann, Christoph Niermann, Rudolf-Josef Fischer, Hans-Joachim Schulze
The aim of this study was retrospectively to assess the validity of the 2005 WHO-EORTC classification for primary cutaneous lymphomas (PCL) in a large cohort of patients of a single German skin cancer unit. All patients with PCLs consecutively visiting our hospital between January 1980 and December 2005 were included in a retrospective monocentre study, analysing their histological and clinical data. A total of 312 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria for PCL. In 299 patients clinical information and paraffin material were sufficient for detailed classification. Of the 299 patients, 63% expressed a T-cell and 37% a B-cell phenotype. Mycosis fungoides was the entity with the highest frequency (30.9%), followed by primary cutaneous follicle centre lymphomas (16.9%) and lymphomatoid papulosis (15.9%). The mean follow-up period was 38.4 months. Five-year disease-specific survival was 80.5% for mycosis fungoides, 92.5% in primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma, 100% in lymphomatoid papulosis, 98.1% in primary cutaneous follicle center lymphoma, 100% in primary cutaneous marginal zone lymphoma and 63.2% in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, leg type. Our data are in line with the data collected by the WHO-EORTC. This is further evidence for the reliability of the WHO-EORTC classification and staging system.