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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Mycosis Fungoides, Version 1.2016



Genetic counseling | Treatment


Treatment guide

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.

Treatment process

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

grow fast.

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.