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

Karla V. Ow

Jeannine M. Brant

mycosis fungoides, Sézary syndrome, supportive care, pruritus, skin infections
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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