An overview of Merkel cells, Merkel cell carcinoma, symptoms, and causes.
The diagnosis of MCC is made with a skin biopsy, which is examined under the microscope.
There are multiple treatments used for MCC, and treatment is generally based on stage of the disease.
Disease recurrence and survival are two critical measures of prognosis.
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June 19, 2008
The New England Journal of Medicine
Paul M. Busse, M.D., Ph.D., John R. Clark, M.D., Victorine V. Muse, M.D., and Vincent Liu, M.D.
A 63-year-old HIV-positive man was referred to this hospital for management of a cutaneous Merkel-cell carcinoma on the forehead that metastasized to the ipsilateral preauricular and cervical lymph nodes. A treatment plan was established.
The authoritative source on Merkel cell carcinoma.
Last updated: February 14, 2017
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Seattle Multidisciplinary MCC Team, University of Washington MCC Research, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/Skin Cancer