Mycosis fungoides is the most common form of a type of blood cancer called cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas occur when certain white blood cells, called T cells, become cancerous, these cancers characteristically affect the skin, causing different types of skin lesions. Although the skin is involved, the skin cells themselves are not cancerous.Mycosis fungoides usually occurs in adults over age 50, although affected children have been identified.
HOW IS MYCOSIS FUNGOIDES DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Mycosis Fungoides is a bit tricky because early stages of the disease are similar to eczema or psoriasis. Dermatologists usually go for skin biopsy for confirming the disease. Various tests for assessing the nodes, blood and internal organs are conducted to detect the stage of the disease.
HOW IS MYCOSIS FUNGOIDES TREATED?
Common treatments include simple sunlight, ultraviolet light, topical steroids, topical and systemic chemotherapies. The chosen mode of treatment depends majorly on the individual’s medical history and other personal aspects. Though the disease is incurable, patients can experience long periods of disease control.
DID YOU KNOW?
The condition is more common in men than in women and is usually seen in individuals over the age of 20. In most cases, the condition is not hereditary.