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How does photopheresis treat mycosis fungoides?

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Photopheresis uses ultraviolent light to treat cancerous cells in your blood. It's like giving blood, but instead of it going into a collection bag, blood goes into a special machine that takes out T-cells. They're treated with a drug and then exposed to the UV rays. The cells are mixed back in with the rest of your blood and returned to your body. This usually is used to treat advanced cases of mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome. Doctors think it works by killing some cancer cells and by boosting your body's immune attack against other ones.

From: What Is Mycosis Fungoides? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Lymphoma of the Skin," "Treatment for Specific Types of Skin Lymphoma," "Whole-body (systemic) Treatments for Skin Lymphomas."

Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation: "A Patient's Guide to Understanding Cutaneous Lymphoma," "Online Support Groups."

Genetics Home Reference: "Mycosis Fungoides."

Lymphoma Association (UK): "Managing Symptoms of Skin Lymphoma."

National Cancer Institute: "Mycosis Fungoides and the Sézary Syndrome Treatment."

New Zealand Dermatological Society: "Electron Beam Radiation for Cutaneous Lymphoma."

Stanford University Medicine: "Mycosis Fungoides/Sèzary Syndrome."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 14, 2016

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Lymphoma of the Skin," "Treatment for Specific Types of Skin Lymphoma," "Whole-body (systemic) Treatments for Skin Lymphomas."

Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation: "A Patient's Guide to Understanding Cutaneous Lymphoma," "Online Support Groups."

Genetics Home Reference: "Mycosis Fungoides."

Lymphoma Association (UK): "Managing Symptoms of Skin Lymphoma."

National Cancer Institute: "Mycosis Fungoides and the Sézary Syndrome Treatment."

New Zealand Dermatological Society: "Electron Beam Radiation for Cutaneous Lymphoma."

Stanford University Medicine: "Mycosis Fungoides/Sèzary Syndrome."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 14, 2016

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