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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.

Medical history

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

treatment planning.

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.


Treatment planning

16 Medical history

17 Physical exam

18 Blood tests

19 Imaging tests

20 Bone and marrow test

21 Pregnancy test

22 Review