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What are the treatment options of mycosis fungoides?

Mycosis fungoides is difficult to cure, but treatments options are available. These include biologic therapy, chemotherapy and other drug therapy, photodynamic therapy, and radiation therapy. Biologic therapy makes use of the immune system in order to fight the cancer. Chemotherapy may be given topically and kills cancer cells. Corticosteroids may be used and are also given topically. Other drugs may include retinoids to slow the growth of cancer cells, and lenalidomide to stop the growth of blood vessels to tumors while it kills cancer cells. Another treatment option is photodynamic therapy. In this method, lasers and drugs are utilized to destroy cancer cells. Other therapies in the works include stem cell transplants and targeted therapy (using drugs particularly designed to attack mycosis fungoides cells). In many cases, treatment can only relieve symptoms, but patients in early stages may feel well and live for a long time with the disease.

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