Evaluation and recommendations for therapy of advanced mycosis fungoides lymphoma

Paul E. Wallner, Eric C. Vonderheid, Luther W. Brady, Eugene J. Van Scott, Sucha O. Asbell

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Between 1 January 1975 and 1 October 1977, 30 patients with biopsy proven mycosis fungoides lymphoma were treated to the total skin surface utilizing 3.8 MeV. Only 8 30 (2786) had "early" disease and 22 30 (739) had "late" disease. All but 4 patients had been unresponsive to previous topical therapy or were unable to tolerate continued topical therapy because of skin sensitivity. Of 28 patients eligible for examination, 16 (57%) either failed to demonstrate complete disease clearance or, if initial clearance occurred, they had recurrent disease within 3 months. An additional 3 patients recurred within 4-6 months. Results suggest that electron beam irradiation alone is unable to induce and maintain clearance of disease in patients with advanced involvement or in those who have failed on previous topical therapy. Treatment failure may be related to development of a relatively resistant cell line ( 26 30 patients had failed on previous therapy) or to the therapeutic and prognostic implications of cutaneous tumors or extra-cutaneous disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


  • Lymphoma cutis
  • Mycosis fungoides
  • Total-skin electron therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiation


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