About Classic mycosis fungoides

What is Classic mycosis fungoides?

Classic mycosis fungoides is a type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is a slow-growing cancer of the skin that usually begins as a rash or patchy area of skin discoloration. It is the most common type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, accounting for about two-thirds of all cases.

What are the symptoms of Classic mycosis fungoides?

The most common symptoms of classic mycosis fungoides are patches of red, scaly skin on the trunk, arms, and legs. Other symptoms may include:


-Thickening of the skin

-Lymph node enlargement

-Skin ulcers


-Weight loss


-Night sweats

-Enlarged spleen or liver

What are the causes of Classic mycosis fungoides?

The exact cause of classic mycosis fungoides is unknown. However, some experts believe that it may be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Possible environmental factors include exposure to certain chemicals, radiation, or viruses.

What are the treatments for Classic mycosis fungoides?

The treatments for Classic mycosis fungoides include:

1. Topical therapies such as corticosteroids, topical nitrogen mustard, and topical retinoids.

2. Phototherapy such as narrowband ultraviolet B (UVB) and psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA).

3. Systemic therapies such as interferon-alpha, bexarotene, and oral retinoids.

4. Radiation therapy.

5. Chemotherapy.

6. Immunotherapy such as monoclonal antibodies and interleukin-2.

What are the risk factors for Classic mycosis fungoides?

1. Age: Classic mycosis fungoides is most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 40 and 60.

2. Gender: Men are more likely to develop classic mycosis fungoides than women.

3. Race: People of African descent are more likely to develop classic mycosis fungoides than people of other races.

4. Exposure to certain chemicals: People who have been exposed to certain chemicals, such as arsenic, may be at an increased risk of developing classic mycosis fungoides.

5. Family history: People with a family history of classic mycosis fungoides may be at an increased risk of developing the condition.

Is there a cure/medications for Classic mycosis fungoides?

Yes, there are treatments available for classic mycosis fungoides. These include topical medications, phototherapy, systemic medications, and radiation therapy. Your doctor will be able to discuss the best treatment option for you based on your individual situation.