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Dr. Paul Nghiem, professor and head of Dermatology at the University of Washington and expert in Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), joins the Seattle Translational Tumor Research leadership team as the Deputy Director for Skin/Cutaneous Oncology. As a hub for collaboration and innovation, Seattle Trans...
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Background: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive skin cancer associated with a high risk of metastasis. In 2017, avelumab (anti-programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1)) became the first approved treatment for patients with metastatic MCC (mMCC), based on the occurrence of durable responses in...
Amidst delays to treatment plans brought about by COVID-19, the FDA has approved a new dosing regimen of 400 mg every six weeks for pembrolizumab. The approval was based on pharmacokinetic modeling and exposure-response analyses that compared the predicted exposure of pembrolizumab 400 mg every s...
PURPOSE: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive skin cancer commonly driven by the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV). The programmed death-1 (PD-1)/programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) immunosuppressive pathway is often upregulated in MCC, and advanced metastatic MCC frequently responds to PD...
Dear Colleagues, Following cancellation of the AAD meeting in Denver, we initially planned to proceed with a virtual (Zoom-based) meeting for our Merkel interest group. We had 5 very interesting talks lined up & all speakers were available. Given the urgency of COVID-19-associated event...
Great strides have been made in cancer immunotherapy including the breakthrough successes of anti‐PD‐(L)1 checkpoint inhibitors. In Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare and aggressive skin cancer, PD‐(L)1 blockade is highly effective. Yet, ~50% of patients either do not respond to therapy or de...
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is not a common skin cancer, but it is a very dangerous one. The number of cases has increased dramatically in the past decade. Luckily, knowledge and treatment options have surged, too. Paul Nghiem, MD, PhD, director of the Skin Oncology Clinical Program at the Seattle C...
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Approximately one-third of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) patients eventually develop distant metastatic disease. Little is known about whether the location of the primary lesion is predictive of initial distant metastatic site, or if survival likelihood differs depending on the metastatic site. Such d...
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May 20, 2020
- What is a Merkel cell?
- What is Merkel cell carcinoma?
- Symptoms & appearance of Merkel cell carcinoma
- Causes of Merkel cell carcinoma
- Surgical excision
- Mohs micrographic surgery
- Radiation therapy
- Complementary & alternative therapies
- Clinical trials
- Adjuvant Avelumab in Merkel Cell Carcinoma Trial