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Dr. Eric Whitman
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Merkel Cell Cancer (Overview)

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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What can you tell me about merkel cell cancer?

What can you tell me about merkel cell cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Whitman
18 doctors shared insights

Merkel Cell Cancer (Overview)

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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What are the symptoms of merkel cell cancer?

What are the symptoms of merkel cell cancer?

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.. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Keep doctor's appointments
Once
Go to lab appointments
Once
Keep oxygen up by maintaining low weight, no smoking
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What are the tests for merkel cell cancer?

What are the tests for merkel cell cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Does anyone know some information about merkel cell cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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What is the treatment for merkel cell cancer?

Surgery: The treatment for merkel cell skin cancer is usually surgery, most often a wide excision along with sentinel node biopsy. ...Read more

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How rare is merkel cell cancer?

How rare is merkel cell cancer?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
Once
If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
Once
If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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What are the tests for merkel cell cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of merkel cell cancer?

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.. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about merkel cell cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What is a merkel cell or a merkel cell cancer?

What is a merkel cell or a merkel cell cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Does anyone know some information about merkel cell cancer?

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. ...Read more

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

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 ...Read more

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What is the treatment for merkel cell cancer?

Surgery: The treatment for merkel cell skin cancer is usually surgery, most often a wide excision along with sentinel node biopsy. ...Read more

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What is small cell cancer?

What is small cell cancer?

Usually lung: This is a special kind of smoker's lung cancer that isn't curable but usually responds amazingly well for months to a few years to simple classical chemotherapy. The term "oat cell" describes its classic look. Small-cell cancers can pop up in other organs and often act similarly. ...Read more

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Could different cancers have different cells?

Could different cancers have different cells?

Absolutely: Cancer cells are different in their microscopic appearance, behavior, and genetic characteristics, not only between different cancers but sometimes within the same cancer. That is one main challenges of cancer therapy, one therapy does not always kill all the cells due to their heterogeneous nature. ...Read more

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I am curious if cancers are just rogue cells how are there different types?

Here's why: Each type of cell in our bodies -- and there are a couple of hundred subtypes -- gives rise to several different types of cancer, based first on what's caused the cell to differentiate in the first place. Cancers are of course driven by accumulated mutations that make the cells "rogue" (if you like), prone to overgrow and invade. Each named cancer typically carries different mutations. ...Read more

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What is an islet cell cancer?

Tumor of pancrease (pancrelipase): Islet cells are the cells located in the pancrease (pancrelipase) that make insulin. A tumor can form there from a degrading of the islet cell into an abnormal form and then cancerous. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more