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Does anyone know some information about merkel cell cancer?

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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 33 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.
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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
These things are vicious. Best to treat aggressively. GOod luck.
Aug 29, 2012

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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 36-year-old member asked:

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.
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..

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