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NCPD Article

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: Examining Mycosis Fungoides and Sézary Syndrome in the Context of Oncology Nursing

Karla V. Ow
Jeannine M. Brant
CJON 2021, 25(5), 555-562 DOI: 10.1188/21.CJON.555-562

Background: Mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome are the most common non-Hodgkin lymphomas that manifest primarily in the skin. Although early-stage disease has an excellent long-term survival rate, advanced disease carries a poor survival rate. Given the lengthy and complex clinical course, nurses are at the forefront of education and supportive care management for patients and caregivers.

Objectives: This article aims to provide an overview of mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome and to highlight practice considerations for optimal nursing care.

Methods: Clinical presentation, diagnosis, management, and nursing consideration are discussed.

Findings: Oncology nurses have a vital role in educating patients and their caregivers about the side effects of cancer treatment, appropriate skin care, and infection risk.

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