There are multiple treatments used for Merkel cell carcinoma, and treatment is generally based on stage of the disease.
Treatment decisions depend on many issues that are highly variable between patients. It is best to obtain care from a multi-disciplinary team of physicians with significant MCC experience who take into consideration many clinical factors.
In relatively low risk MCC tumors, surgery alone can be sufficient. In other cases, surgery may not be possible and a MCC specialist may recommend radiation therapy or another form of treatment. Depending on your general health and the location and size of the MCC, more than one treatment option may be used.