NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Mycosis Fungoides, Version 1.2016
Doctors plan treatment with many
sources of information. One of these
sources is tests of your health and the
cancer. Part 2 describes who should
receive which tests before treatment.
Some of these tests are repeated
during and after treatment. Besides
tests, Part 2 describes other types
of care that are important to receive
before cancer treatment.
Your medical history includes any health events and
medicines you’ve taken in your life. You will be asked
about illnesses, injuries, health conditions, and more.
Some health problems run in families. Thus, your
doctor may also ask about the health of your blood
Your history of skin problems is important to obtain.
People with mycosis fungoides often have had
skin lesions for months to decades before being
diagnosed. You may have had biopsies that didn’t
find any cancer. As such, you may have been told
that the scaly skin patches are eczema, psoriasis,
or parapsoriasis en plaque. Sometimes doctors
are unsure of the type of skin disease (unspecified
A medical history is one of the tests needed for
See Chart 2.1
for a complete list
of care that is recommended prior to treatment. Some
types of care are for anyone with mycosis fungoides
while others may be useful for some people.
16 Medical history
17 Physical exam
18 Blood tests
19 Imaging tests
20 Bone and marrow test
21 Pregnancy test