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Mycosis fungoides requires a collaborative approach for an effective treatment. In our clinic, we gather together medical specialists with experience treating this unusual disease. These specialists include:
Your specific course of treatment will depend on a number of factors, such as the severity of your condition. Typical treatments affect the skin in two ways:
Mycosis fungoides can grow quite slowly. In its advanced stage, it is called Sézary syndrome . At this stage, the disease has further infiltrated the blood. The cancerous cells continue to circulate and develop into leukemia (cancer of the blood). Sézary syndrome is difficult to treat because:
Therapies work only for four to six months.
Cancer cells can become more aggressive and resistant after each course of treatment.
At this stage, doctors usually recommend a stem cell transplant to replace the immune cells with donor cells. Learn more about stem cell transplant at Stanford.
The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. It’s all done remotely and you don’t have to visit our hospital or one of our clinics for this service. You don’t even need to leave home!