Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare and aggressive skin cancer. It can grow quickly and spread or return after treatment. Because MCC is aggressive, doctors recommend prompt treatment. The sooner it is treated, the better the outcome. To improve a patient’s outcome, a team of doctors including dermatologist, medical and surgical oncologists (cancer specialists) and radiation oncologist (specialist trained in treating cancer with radiation) will create a specialized treatment plan.

It is important for patients with MCC to follow-up regularly with their doctors and keep all appointments.  It is also important for patients to check their skin and lymph nodes for signs of recurrence or spreading cancer. These actions help find cancer as early as possible.

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