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Dr. Eric Whitman
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Merkel Cell Cancer (Overview)

Merkel cell cancer is a type of cancer where there is uncontrolled growth of Merkel skin cells causing an area of skin change.


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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
16 doctors shared insights

Merkel Cell Cancer (Overview)

Merkel cell cancer is a type of cancer where there is uncontrolled growth of Merkel skin cells causing an area of skin change.


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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
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Go to lab appointments
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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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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

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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
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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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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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