Treatment of Early Folliculotropic Mycosis Fungoides with Special Focus on Psoralen plus Ultraviolet A
Iris Amitay-Laish, Hadas Prag-Naveh, Adam Dalal, Lev Pavlovsky, Meora Feinmesser, Emmilia Hodak
Data on the treatment of early folliculotropic mycosis fungoides, a recently defined clinicopathological subgroup of folliculotropic mycosis fungoides with an indolent course, is limited. Treatment outcomes were studied in a retrospective cohort of 47 adults with early folliculotropic mycosis fungoides, with a focus on psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA) monotherapy, including dosimetric data, and the findings were compared with data for PUVA in 18 adults with early-classic mycosis fungoides. PUVA was given to 27 patients with early folliculotropic mycosis fungoides: 70% achieved complete response and 26% partial response. Significantly more treatments were needed to achieve complete response in stage IB compared with stage IA. There was no significant difference in the complete response rate from classic plaque-stage disease, although the early folliculotropic mycosis fungoides group required more treatments to achieve complete response, and a higher cumulative dose of UVA. Thus, PUVA is an effective treatment for early folliculotropic mycosis fungoides. Its complete response rate might be equal to early-classic mycosis fungoides; however, a longer induction phase is needed to achieve complete response.