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Merkel cell cancer

Merkel cell cancer: Introduction

Merkel cell cancer: A rapidly growing, aggressive form of skin cancer that occur on or just under the skin. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Merkel cell cancer is available below.

Symptoms of Merkel cell cancer

  • Localized skin change
  • Skin growth
  • Changes in appearance of mole
  • Painless skin lump
  • Merkel cell carcinomas usually present as solitary red nodules, and are often similar in appearance to other more common skin cancers. Merkel cell carcinoma may spread to lymph nodes in the neck, axillae and groin.
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Treatments for Merkel cell cancer

  • For a cancer which is in the early stages and is localised to the skin, surgical excision and radiotherapy are often used as primary treatment. Usually a wide area surrounding the cancer is surgically excised and the site is then treated with radiotherapy post-operatively
  • Chemotherapy may be used following surgery
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Merkel cell cancer: Complications

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Causes of Merkel cell cancer

  • Ultraviolet radiation has been implicated as a factor in developing Merkel cell carcinoma, due to the occurrence of the tumour on sun exposed skin. Immunosuppression following organ transplantation is also associated with the development of Merkel cell carcinomas
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Merkel cell cancer: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Hospitals & Clinics: Merkel cell cancer

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Merkel cell cancer: Rare Types

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Prognosis for Merkel cell cancer

Prognosis for Merkel cell cancer: The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following: The stage of the cancer , site, recurrence and age of the patient.

Research about Merkel cell cancer

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Definitions of Merkel cell cancer:

Merkel cell cancer is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Merkel cell cancer, or a subtype of Merkel cell cancer, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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