NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Mycosis Fungoides, Version 1.2016
Genetic counseling | Treatment
My sis fu oides
Part 4 is a guide to the treatment
options for people with mycosis
fungoides. Options are listed by
cancer stage. This information is
taken from the treatment guidelines
written by NCCN experts of mycosis
fungoides. These treatment guidelines
list options for people with mycosis
fungoides in general. Thus, your
doctors may suggest other treatment
for you based on your health and
personal wishes. Fully discuss your
treatment options with your doctor.
Mycosis fungoides often is a slow-growing cancer that
often can be controlled for long periods of time. Even
advanced mycosis fungoides (stage IIB–IV) is often a
long-term disease. However, mycosis fungoides can
Your treatment will likely consist of repeated periods
of treatment over many years. First-line treatment
is the first treatment given. It is also called primary
treatment. You may receive more than one first-line
treatment. Second-line treatment is given once first-
treatments have been fully used.
After treatment, your doctor may advise you to
receive more. This “extra” treatment is called
maintenance treatment. The goal of maintenance
treatment is to prevent the cancer from coming back.
Along with cancer treatment, you may also be
treated to prevent or control other health conditions.
Such actions are a part of supportive care. Health
conditions that are a concern for some people
include severe itching (pruritus) and infections. Talk
to your doctor about which health conditions you may
develop as a result of cancer treatment.