Welcome! Defeating Merkel cell carcinoma begins here.
The critical first step is to find a Merkel cell carcinoma specialist.
It is critical that each case be reviewed by a multidisciplinary team, including surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and dermatologists with significant experience in managing MCC, in order to develop a plan for the patient.
To find healthcare professionals experienced with Merkel cell carcinoma, start with our list of verified specialists.Find a Specialist
Make sure your primary care team is knowledgeable and takes action.
Merkel cell carcinoma is rare, and it's common for many medical professionals to be unsure of where to start. When a diagnosis occurs, it is imperative that your medical team is knowledgeable and able to carry out an MCC specialist's plan.
Our clinical team recommends that all healthcare providers follow the NCCN guidelines for MCC to bring them up to speed on MCC and how to care for MCC patients.Get the Guide
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The latest advancements in treatment
Merkel cell carcinoma that truly arises outside of the skin is incredibly rare. We have seen a few cases arising inside the nose but neuroendocrine cancers arising elsewhere in the body, away from skin, may not actually be "Merkel cell carcinoma". In this case arising in the lower gastro-intestinal ...
In addition to developing another 11 Merkel cell carcinoma cell lines for research, this team from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has helped unravel how MCC hides from the immune system. While it has been known for over a decade that MCC suppresses proteins called “HLA Class I” (necessary for the ...
Diagnosis and treatment of Merkel cell carcinoma: European consensus-based interdisciplinary guideline – Update 2022
26 experts from 13 countries participated in writing these European guidelines that summarize optimal management of Merkel cell carcinoma. These recommendations replace a set of guidelines that was last published in 2015. The guidelines are designed to provide input on the management of all stages ...