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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is mycosis fungoides / Sézary syndrome?

Mycosis fungoides and Sezary syndrome are types of cutaneous (skin) T-cell lymphoma. These are cancers of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell in the immune system, go onto affect the skin. In Sézary syndrome specifically, cancer cells are also found in the blood. Both men and women can be affected, and those over 50 years of age are at higher risk as are people with HIV infections.

Symptoms of mycosis fungoides / Sézary syndrome

  • Skin over the entire body is red

  • Reddish-brown hard lumps or bumps on the skin

  • Skin Itching

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Swelling of any body part

  • Skin hardening

  • Fever

  • Bumps containing pus

Questions your doctor may ask to check for mycosis fungoides / Sézary syndrome

  • Is your whole body red?

  • Do you have hard, reddish-brown skin lumps or bumps?

  • Is your skin itchy?

  • Do you have flaky, scaly skin?

  • Do you have any swelling in your body?

Treatment for mycosis fungoides / Sézary syndrome

Treatment depends on the disease subtype, extent, stage, and other factors. Options include a form of light therapy called photodynamic therapy, specialized radiotherapy aimed either at individual spots or the whole body, chemotherapy, immunotherapies, surgery, and new targeted drug therapies.

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References

  • Mycosis Fungoides (Including Sézary Syndrome) Treatment (PDQ®) – Patient Version

    https://www.cancer.gov/types/lymphoma/patient/mycosis-fungoides-treatment-pdq#:~:text=Key%20Points,red%20rash%20on%20the%20skin.

  • MYCOSIS FUNGOIDES - Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation

    https://www.clfoundation.org/mycosis-fungoides

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