Merkel cell carcinoma can be indolent: A case with 7 locoregional recurrences over 15 years highlights the importance of patient-tailored management

September 8, 2021

Journal

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Publication Date

September 8, 2021

Author

Breneman A, Akaike T, Paulson KG, Breneman DL, Nghiem P

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Abstract

Patients who develop recurrences or metastases usually have poor prognoses and are often treated aggressively. We report a case of a man with an indolent, unusually long course of MCC over 15 years with 7 locoregional recurrences before developing distant metastases. Because he had 4 major comorbidities at baseline, less aggressive therapies were chosen for his recurrences, and there was no evidence of disease for the vast majority of his 15-year course.

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