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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Mycosis Fungoides, Version 1.2016

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Mycosis fungoides basics

What is mycosis fungoides?

Figure 1.3

Normal cell growth vs. cancer cell growth

Normal cells increase in number when they are needed and die when old or damaged.

In contrast, cancer cells quickly make new cells and live longer because of abnormal

changes in genes.

Figure 1.2

Genetic material in cells

Most human cells contain the “blueprint of life”—the plan by which our bodies are made

and work. The plan is found inside of chromosomes, which are long strands of DNA that are

tightly wrapped around proteins. Genes are small pieces of DNA that contain instructions for

building new cells and controlling how cells behave. Humans have about 24,000 genes.

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