Mycosis fungoides, nitrogen mustard and skin cancer

A. Du Vivier, E. C. Vonderheid, E. J. Van Scott, F. Urbach

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The prevalence of epithelial cancer was determined in 202 patients with mycosis fungoides and the Sezary syndrome and was found to be 10.5%. In an attempt to establish a possible association with topically applied nitrogen mustard, it was noted that 4.0% of these patients had lesions prior to nitrogen mustard therapy (although over half subsequently developed further lesions) and 6.5% of the patients developed them de novo after therapy. In 2 patients in this latter group, malignancies developed in areas not usually associated with solar-induced cancer. These findings indicate that epidermal neoplasia is not uncommon in these patients and that nitrogen mustard may function as a carcinogen or a co-carcinogen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-63
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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