Photodynamic therapy for mycosis fungoides: a case series and review of the literature

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Mycosis fungoides (MF) is the most common form of cutaneous T cell lymphoma. In early stages of the disease, topical therapeutic approaches like steroids, chemotherapy, phototherapy or spot radiation therapy are most commonly used. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is widely executed in the treatment of actinic keratosis and superficial basal cell carcinoma. The effective use of PDT for early forms of MF has been previously demonstrated in a series of cases. In this instance, the treatment of MF (n = 6, 11 lesions) with methyl alanine PDT (MAL-PDT) in 73% of the treated lesions showed a complete response. Within the timeframe of 25-51 months, no recurrence of the successfully treated lesions was observed, on the contrary some of the patients developed new lesions on different sites. Hence, this case study shows that patients having a single or few MF lesions can be successfully treated by PDT.

Robert E. Hunger

University of Bern

Author for correspondence.
Email: robert.hunger@insel.ch

Russian Federation

Mohamed Sallam

University of Bern

Email: noemail@neicon.ru

Russian Federation

Nikhil Yawalkar

University of Bern

Email: noemail@neicon.ru

Russian Federation

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