What is Folliculotropic Mycosis Fungoides?
Mycosis fungoides (MF) is a rare T- cell cancer of blood cells that usually manifests itself as skin lesions. These white blood cell cells, called T lymphocytes, help to fight various pathogens (Disease-causing microorganisms or agents). While Folliculotropic mycosis fungoides (FMF) is a subtype of mycosis fungicides (MF) that involves hair follicles and mostly affects the skin of the face, neck, and upper part of the trunk and form abnormal red spots, raised bumps, and lesions on the skin. These skin lymphomas are non-contagious.
Disease Etiology (Causes)
There is no well-known cause.
Folliculotrpic mycosis Fungoides (FMF) is rare cancer with an annual low incidence rate. The mean age for the development of the tumor is above 50 years. It is a slow-growing condition. Signs and symptoms The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Abnormal red spots on the skin with redness and irritation
- Raised bumps on the skin
- Skin lesions
- Male type baldness with lesions in the eyebrow
- Enlarged or swelled lymph nodes
The following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis these are
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Diagnostic imaging techniques such as USG, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan can be used to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumor.
- Skin or lymph nodes marrow biopsy
Skin-directed treatments such as phototherapy and prescription of topical medicines should be the first treatment option in initial cases of FMF. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the treatment options in advanced cases of folliculotropic mycosis fungoid where disease involved the lymph nodes of the body.
What Support can we Give for Folliculotropic Mycosis Fungoides?
Folliculotropic Mycosis Fungoides is a rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Folliculotropic Mycosis Fungoides we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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