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What can you tell me about merkel cell cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Aggressive cancer: This is an uncommon aggressive skin cancer linked to sun exposure and a specific virus exposure (merkel cell polyoma virus). It is treated with surgical removal to begin with; advanced cases may need radiation or/and chemotherapy.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 36 years experience
Skin cancer: Merkel cell cancer is a malignancy that comes from cells in the skin related to neural components. It is usually on the head and neck but can occur anywhere. The treatment is surgery, wide excision with sentinel node biopsy since mcc can spread to lymph nodes. Radiation therapy is sometimes given to the area around the lymph nodes. It's cause is unknown.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How rare is merkel cell cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Pretty rare: During a given year, maybe one person in 250, 000 in the usa gets a merkel cell cancer. The highest risk is in very old white people, with 3 in 100, 000 per year.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for merkel cell cancer?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 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.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of merkel cell cancer?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 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 41-year-old member asked:

What is a merkel cell or a merkel cell cancer?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 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 47 years experience
It looks a lot like Small Cell Lung, similar neurendocrine nests of cells and markers, but unrelated to smoking.
May 4, 2012
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A 33-year-old male asked:

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

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 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

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