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What is Mycosis Fungoides?

Also known as Alibert-Bazen syndrome, mycosis fungoides is the most common type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Gradually affecting the skin as the disease progresses, Alibert-Bazen syndrome can spread internally as well. It’s caused by the unusual appearance of mutated T-cells (a type of white blood cell or leukocyte) in the body.

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This type of blood cancer mutates the T-cell lymphocytes, instead of the B-cells (as do most other types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma), usually showing up as lesions or rashes on the skin. As the lymphoma progresses, the lesions evolve. In earlier stages, they show up as rashes and then begin to progress and move across the skin.

From rashes, the lesions progress to sores or plaques on the skin. Mycosis fungoides is generally separated into three phases: premycotic, mycotic, and tumorous. There is no known cause for this rare disease. Based on past research, it doesn’t appear to be genetic or hereditary.

Mycosis fungoides only affect anywhere from 1 in 100,000 to 350,000 individuals. It’s a rare condition, but it’s also the most common form of skin lymphoma. Mycosis fungoides account for at least half of the different types of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

Diagnosis of this disease can be difficult but our experts at Dermatology & Skin Health do their due diligence to quickly identify and treat this type of lymphoma.

Top Mycosis Fungoides and Cutaneous Lymphoma Treatments by Dermatology & Skin Health

Patients from New Hampshire and Massachusetts don’t need to worry about mycosis fungoides and other cutaneous lymphoma, thanks to the different cancer treatment options we offer at Dermatology & Skin Health. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and highly-trained medical professionals perform each skin treatment inside state-of-the-art facilities to ensure your safety and comfort.

By consulting with us now, you can find out which nonmelanoma skin cancer care option is the best pick for you. We view your medical records first and perform a skin biopsy as well as other necessary tests to diagnose your cancer type.

After knowing more about your condition, we’ll recommend a treatment option that suits you best. Schedule your first appointment with us by calling us or filling out our form online.

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When to See a Doctor for Mycosis Fungoides or Alibert-Bazen Syndrome?

This form of cancer can be difficult to diagnose since many of the early symptoms resemble more common and less worrisome skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • red rashes
  • scaly patches
  • tumors
  • lesions
  • plaques
  • pruritus

The first stage of mycosis fungoides is the premycotic phase, which includes the appearance of an itchy, red skin lesion. These are the symptoms that are commonly misdiagnosed as less serious skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, or contact dermatitis.

The second stage, mycotic, is when plaques begin to appear. Plaques are thicker, raised lesions that appear all over the skin, especially on the buttock area. When plaques occur, a biopsy is generally performed. This is also when the disease has penetrated the epidermis and spread into the dermis or the deeper layer of skin.

The final stage of the Alibert-Bazen syndrome is the tumorous phase. During this phase, the patient may develop tumors on their skin and infections may occur.

How Is Mycosis Fungoides Treated?

The prognosis and treatment for this form of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma depend entirely upon how far the disease has progressed and if it has spread to other parts of the body. Based on these details, treatments and prognosis will vary greatly.

Here are some of the most common treatment options recommended by healthcare professionals:

  • Skin therapy includes treatments that are directly applied or performed on the skin such as topical gels, retinoids, and phototherapy.
  • Targeted therapy refers to the use of medication that identifies and specifically attacks some parts of the cancer cells. This treatment method may also involve boosting your immune system to help fight these mutated cells.
  • Radiation therapy involves using radiation energy from outside the body to stop the spread of cancer cells and destroy them. 

FAQs About Skin Lymphoma and Mycosis Fungoides

Q: Is mycosis fungoides different from Sézary syndrome?

A: Sézary syndrome is another type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma in which the cancer cells (or Sézary cells) are found in the blood and almost every inch of the skin is affected. Untreated mycosis fungoides may develop into Sézary syndrome and spread quickly, making it a lot harder to treat.

Q: Is it possible to prevent mycosis fungoides?

A: It’s difficult to prevent this condition because the exact cause is still unknown. The best way to monitor your health is to regularly consult your healthcare provider. During these visits, they can examine the skin and detect the condition early.

Q: Does mycosis fungoides spread beyond the skin?

A: In most cases, mycosis fungoides don’t spread to other parts of the body. Most patients manage their condition using different treatments that alleviate rashes and some of the other symptoms. However, the cancer cells may affect the lymph node and other organs in rare cases.

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If you suffer from mycosis fungoides and other skin conditions, schedule a consultation at Dermatology & Skin Health now. Our team specializes in a wide selection of medical treatments for mycosis fungoides and related symptoms, so you can trust us to provide you with the best solutions to help manage your skin condition and stop the spread of cancer cells.

Please fill out the request form on our site or give us a call at (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington), (978) 525-0100 (Peabody), (603) 965-3551 (Londonderry), or (603) 742-5556 (Bedford) to book an appointment. Get skin advice and treatments from our team of expert dermatologists and contact us today.

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