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.

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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.

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A diagnosis of Merkel cell carcinoma is a life-changing experience. Support from others—in the form of advice, recommendations for local healthcare providers, or sharing personal victories—can help ease the burden many MCC patients and their families feel.

We encourage you to make connections; it’s been proven to help.

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The latest advancements in treatment

NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Merkel Cell Carcinoma

The annual update of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines for MCC has just been posted, with inclusion of ‘Evidence blocks’ that indicate effectiveness, cost, and side effects of various treatments.

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Spectrum of Nonkeratinocyte Skin Cancer Risk Among Solid Organ Transplant Recipients in the US

This is a study of over 444,000 persons who receive immune suppression medications to prevent the rejection of a transplanted kidney, heart, or other organ. The authors found an inceased risk of multiple cancers that are caused by sunlight and or viruses. The chance of developing Merkel cell carcino...

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Recurrence and Mortality Risk of Merkel Cell Carcinoma by Cancer Stage and Time From Diagnosis

Patients treated for Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) face a five-year recurrence rate of 40%—markedly higher than the recurrence rates for melanoma and other skin cancers, according to research recently published in JAMA Dermatology. Additionally, in the study cohort of more than 600 patients, 95% of ...

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