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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Mycosis Fungoides, Version 1.2016



histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor

A drug that blocks the action of proteins called histone

deacetylase, which leads to cell death.

human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing

A blood test that finds a person’s unique set of proteins on


imaging test

A test that makes pictures (images) of the inside of the body .

immune system

The body’s natural defense against infection.

immunohistochemistry (IHC)

A test of cancer cells to find specific cell traits involved in

abnormal cell growth.


A drug used to activate the body’s disease-fighting ability

(immune system).

lactate dehydrogenase

A protein that helps to make energy in cells.

large-cell transformed mycosis fungoides

A fast-growing subtype consisting of large cells.


Any type of abnormal skin.

local anesthesia

A controlled loss of feeling in a small area of the body

caused by drugs.

local electron beam therapy

Treatment with high-energy rays (radiation) given to limited

areas of cancer close to the skin’s surface.


A clear fluid containing white blood cells.

lymph node

Small groups of special disease-fighting cells located

throughout the body.

lymph vessel

Tube-shaped ducts that carry lymph throughout the body.

lymphatic system

A network in the body that collects and transports a fluid

(lymph) and fights germs.


A type of white blood cell that helps protect the body from



Cancer that begins in white blood cells called lymphocytes

that are within the lymphatic system.

maintenance treatment

Extra treatment given to prolong the good effects of prior


medical history

All health events and medications taken to date.

monoclonal antibody

Man-made antibodies that attach proteins on cancer cells.

natural killer (NK) cell

One of three types of a white blood cell called a lymphocyte.

nonmyeloablative allogeneic stem cell transplant

A cancer treatment consisting of low doses of chemotherapy

to reduce side effects followed by transfusion of donor stem



A red bump that is by a hair follicle.


An area of scaly skin that is flat and may be discolored.


A doctor who’s an expert in testing cells to find disease.


A treatment with UV rays.

physical exam

A review of the body by a health expert for signs of disease.


A thickened patch of skin that is raised or hard.

positron emission tomography (PET)

A test that uses radioactive material to see the shape and

function of body parts.

positron emission tomography/computed

tomography (PET/CT)

A test that uses radioactive material and x-rays to view the

shape and function of organs and tissues.