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What can you tell me about merkel cell cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Ritesh Rathore
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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Eric Whitman
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