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A dendritic cell tumor develops from the cells of the immune system. This condition typically begins in the lymph system and may spread to nearby organs or distant parts of the body (metastasize). There are five subtypes of dendritic cell tumors: follicular dendritic cell tumor, interdigitating dendritic cell tumor, Langerhans' cell histiocytosis, Langerhans' cell sarcoma, and dendritic cell sarcoma not specified otherwise. The symptoms and severity of the condition depend on the subtype and location of the tumor. Treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy.
Source: GARD Last updated on 05-01-20
The prognosis of a dendritic cell tumor depends on the subtype and location of the tumor. Because this is a rare condition, little is known about the natural course or most effective treatment. As such, it is difficult to estimate how quickly or aggressively the condition might progress in each affected individual. In general, prognosis is less favorable when the tumor has spread to multiple parts of the body (metastasized). Dendritic cell tumors are a type of cancer and can be fatal.
Last updated on 05-01-20
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