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NCCN QUICK GUIDE
Mycosis Fungoides, Version 1.2016
What is mycosis fungoides?
Lymphoma is a cancer of white blood cells called lymphocytes that are within the lymphatic
system. This system transports fluids to the bloodstream and fights germs. Mycosis fungoides is
a lymphoma of T-cells that reside in the skin.8
Do I have mycosis fungoides?
The first sign of mycosis fungoides is often skin lesions. Part or most of your skin may look
scaly and red. It may have red bumps by the hair or have tumors.10
Samples of skin lesions must be removed from your body and be tested. A doctor will assess
the skin cells for features common to mycosis fungoides.
What health care do I need before treatment?
A report of your health history including any medicines you’ve taken.16
An exam of your body including all of your skin.17
Blood tests to count blood cells and assess levels of chemicals.18
Pictures of your insides, if needed, with diagnostic CT or whole-body PET/CT.19
Removal of bone and marrow, if needed, to test for cancer.20
A pregnancy test if you are a woman who can have babies since some treatments can harm
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