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Mycosis Fungoides Signs and Symptoms

Mycosis fungoides is the most common type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, a type of lymphoma that initially occurs on the skin. Mycosis fungoides is considered to be a rare type of cancer, with only about 1000 new cases occuring in the US each year. Mycosis fungoides affects twice as many men as women, and it rarely occurs in children. It is more common in blacks than in whites.We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of mycosis fungoides below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Mycosis Fungoides include:

  • Itchy, scaly rash
  • Flat, red patches
  • Rash or patches that occur on the buttocks, groin, under the arms, and on the chest or breast
  • Very light or very dark patches
  • Hardened, raised patches called plaques
  • Round, red nodules that are shaped like a mushroom and may be ulcerated
  • Large areas of the skin that are thickened, scaly and itchy
  • Thickened skin folds
  • Inflamed lymph nodes

Most patients initially present with a scaly red rash or plaques. A few individuals, however, present with the nodules. Mycosis fungoides is rarely seem before age twenty, but it does occasionally occur in children. The average age of onset is between age fourty-five and fifty-five for those presenting with the rash or plaques, and age sixty for those presenting with the nodules. The cause of mycosis fungoides is unknown.

Diagnosis of Mycosis Fungoides

Diagnosis of mycosis fungoides is often difficult, since in its initial stages, the rash resembles eczema or psoriasis. A definitive diagnosis is made with a biopsy. Often several biopsies are necessary to confirm a suspected diagnosis of mycosis fungoides.

For most people, mycosis fungoides remains confined to the skin. It is incurable, but remission can last indefinitely. In a few patients, the disease progresses to affect the lymph nodes, and other internal organs. Whether the disease progresses or not depends on the type of treatment used, and whether the disease was caught in its early stages.

Books for People With Signs and Symptoms of Mycosis Fungoides

Mycosis Fungoides – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications
The Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Mycosis Fungoides and the Sezary Syndrome: A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age
Icon Health Publications

21st Century Ultimate Medical Guide to Mycosis Fungoides and Sezary Syndrome – Authoritative, Practical Clinical Information for Physicians and Patients, Treatment Options (Two CD-ROM Set)
PM Medical Health News
Aim for Cure in Early-Stage Mycosis Fungoides.: An article from: Skin & Allergy News
Nancy Walsh

Resources for Mycosis Fungoides

General Patient Resources

  • National Cancer Institute

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of mycosis fungoides and the Sézary syndrome.

  • RD

Mycosis fungoides information including symptoms, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, treatment, causes, patient stories, videos, forums, prevention, and prognosis.

  • About . com

Article describes mycosis fungoides, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

  • Stanford School of Medicine

We have prepared this handout specifically for you as the patient, relative, or family friend to better understand what Mycosis Fungoides (MF) is and how the condition may affect your lives. In this handout, you will find information on the history of MF, a discussion of what may cause MF, how the condition is diagnosed, treatment options for MF, and future developments in medical research. We hope we can address all your areas of concern.

  • Mycosis Fungoides . net

This site will describe about mycosis fungoides, causes of mycosis fungoides and treatment options.

  • Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

A US Department of Health and Human Service project providing information on genetic and rare diseases. A comprehensive body of resources on Mycosis fungoides.

  • MD Junction

Meet friends with Mycosis Fungoidesin our Mycosis Fungoides Forums. General & Support Discussions and Q&A.

  • Encyclopedia . com

Get information, facts, and pictures about Mycosis fungoides at

Medical Resources

  • Web MD

Comprehensive article on mycosis fungoides by Web MD.

  • Medscape Reference

An article on cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, including mycosis fungoides, written by health professionals for health professionals.