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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for merkel cell cancer?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Examination, biopsy: Some merkel cell cancers can be diagnosed by history and appearance. More often, a simple in-office biopsy and pathologic examination is necessary for a definitive diagnosis.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Biopsy ASAP: If you suspect a merkel cell carcinoma, get it evaluated (biopsy) as soon as possible. These tumors are rare, but tend to be aggressive and need to be treated expediently to help get the best outcome.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Biopsy: The test for merkel cell skin cancer is a biopsy, usually performed by a dermatologist. The primary treatment of this cancer is surgery. Patients only get scans if there is evidence of regional or distant metastasis.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is a merkel cell or a merkel cell cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Rare skin cancer: Merkel cell is a rare skin cancer which must be treated surgically. It is derived from neuron doctrine cells and is rare compared to melanoma, basal or squamous cell carcinoma. It can occur on the face or extremities mad removal may recur lymph node dissection. It can spread to lymph nodes and radiation may be used after surgery to increase cure.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
It looks a lot like Small Cell Lung, similar neurendocrine nests of cells and markers, but unrelated to smoking.
May 4, 2012
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of merkel cell cancer?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
Painless skinnodule: Rare lethal skin cancer, rapidly spreads appear as painless fleshy skin nodule, in elderly, and in immuno suppressed individuals, arises from neuro endocrine cells of skin, resemble small cell cancers of lung by microscope..
A 33-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Merkel cell cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Cutaneous neoplasm: Merkel-cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare and highly aggressive form of skin cancer. in most cases, is caused by the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV). It serves as cutaneous neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin is mostly seen on skin of face as a pink or red nodule and metastasizes rapidly like an aggressive melanoma. It does respond fairly well to wide excision when possible followed by Radiation
A 46-year-old member asked:

Does anyone know some information about merkel cell cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 34 years experience
Rare type skin tumor: Merkel cell carcinoma (mcc) is an unusual and highly aggressive skin cancer and often appears in the elderly population. More than one half of all mccs occur on the head and neck. Mcc has a high propensity for local recurrence, as well as spread to distant sites. For more info check wikipedia which seems to have a fairly good section on this tumor.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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