On March 4th, 2019, Dr. Paul Nghiem received the Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy and delivered the Philip Frost Leadership lecture in Washington, D.C. He discussed the need to prioritize treatment modalities that are less toxic and more effective for Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC). On noting that MCC cases have increased by 95% from 2010 to 2017, Dr. Nghiem addressed three main goals that aim to improve patient care. Preliminary studies highlight that performing wide local excisions pose the risk of increased morbidity and delayed time to radiation treatment. Additionally, patients treated with immunotherapy have shown higher overall survival rates and recurrence free survival in comparison to patients treated with traditional chemotherapy. To implement customized care, a dedicated team of physicians across multiple specialties are best guided by an overseeing dermatologist.
Dr. Paul Nghiem, MD, PhD is the George F. Odland Endowed Chair in Dermatology, Professor & Head of the University of Washington Division of Dermatology and an Affiliate Investigator of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
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April 20, 2019