What is Mycosis Fungoides or T-Cell Lymphona?
Mycosis fungoides, often referred to as MF, is a cancer of the white blood cells which can impact the blood and the skin. It may also involved internal organs and the lymph nodes. It is characterized by a rash, typically mild, and may include tumors which can be found anywhere on the skin.
How does MF progress?
MF is unpredictable in the way it progresses. Some patients experience a slow progression, for others it is rapid, and in some cases there is no progression. The majority of patients do not experience serious complications; approximately ten percent of those diagnosed are experiencing a progression of the lymph node, serious complications, or internal involvement. Many of the patients live relatively normal lifestyles during the treatment of their disease and may stay in remission for a long period of time.
Is there a cure for this condition?
Though no cure is available, studies and research are continuing. In cases were the patients receive an early diagnosis before the disease is affecting more than ten percent of their bodies generally it will not impact their life expectancies. If you are experiencing any concerns, you should make an appointment to see the dermatologist as soon as possible.
What causes MF?
This is a very rare disease and it is unknown what causes this to develop. It is not considered genetic and is not contagious. It often occurs after 50 in men and women.
WHAT IS THE COURSE OF MF?
MF starts out slow and remains on specific areas of the skin, though it may go through several phases including patches, plaque, and eventually tumor. Patches may look red, flat, and scaly and is often mistaken as eczema or dermatitis. The condition is not an infection and cannot be treated as such.
Diagnosis of MF
This condition is not easy for dermatologists to diagnosis because of the many forms it can take. Dermatologists may come to a diagnosis from examination of the skin, biopsies, blood testing, and by checking the patient's medical history.
Treatment of MF
The symptoms of MF can be controlled. Itching, burning, and apparent tumors and patches can be reduced in appearance with:
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- Oral corticosteroids
- Topical treatments
- Light therapies
- Systemic chemotherapy
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