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What kind of treatment can I expect?

 

Treatment is very individualized and specific to each person depending on the symptoms and stage of the disease.

Treatments are either directed at the skin or the entire body (systemic). We encourage you to be familiar with different treatment options so that you can discuss them with your physician to see what would be best in your situation.

Skin-directed treatments include:

  • Ultraviolet light (PUVA, UVB, narrow-band UVB)
  • Topical steroids
  • Topical chemotherapies (nitrogen mustard, carmustine)
  • Topical retinoids (Targretin® gel)
  • Local radiation to single lesions
  • Total skin electron beam (TSEB)

Systemic treatments include:

  • Oral retinoids (Targretin® capsules)
  • Photopheresis
  • Fusion proteins (Ontak®)
  • Interferon
  • Systemic chemotherapy

The treatments above may be prescribed alone, or in combination, to achieve the best long-term benefit for patients.

For more information on treatments, click here to be taken to the Treatment section of our website.