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What are the symptoms of mycosis fungoides?

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Mycosis fungoides usually develops slowly and moves through four phases. But not everyone goes through all of them:

You can have patches, plaques, and tumors at the same time. But most people who've had mycosis fungoides for many years only have the first two.

  • First phase: a scaly red rash, usually in areas that don't get sunlight such as your rear end. There are no other symptoms in this phase, and it may last months or even years.
  • Second phase: a thin red rash that looks like patches.
  • Third phase: small raised bumps or hard plaques that may be red.
  • Fourth phase: tumors or bumps that may look like mushrooms. They can break open and get infected.

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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