Primary Cutaneous B-Cell Lymphoma: Role of Surgery
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PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of surgery in patients diagnosed with primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (PCBCL) - a rare disease entity. The authors offer a rationale for the use of primary surgical excision in the treatment of isolated cutaneous lymphomas. METHODS: A literature review examining the use of primary surgical excision in the treatment of PCBCL was conducted. The lymphoma database at the Juravinski Cancer Centre (Hamilton, Ontario) was searched from January 1995 to July 2008, generating a list of 4924 patients. A simulated computer program was subsequently designed to search for all possible PCBCLs. A retrospective chart review was then conducted on the new list of 1325 patients, identifying 25 patients diagnosed with PCBCL. RESULTS: The mean age of the 25 patients with PCBCL was 59.9 years; nine (36%) were treated with surgery, and sixteen (64%) with radiation. The average follow-up period for patients was 3.6 years. Twenty-four of the 25 patients were completely cured, with only one patient recurring in the radiation subgroup. There were no complications in the surgery subgroup. There were two local complications in the radiation subgroup consisting of chronic ulcerations. CONCLUSIONS: Primary surgical excision is an effective management option in the treatment of PCBCL, particularly the marginal zone and follicle centre subtypes.