Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare, aggressive skin cancer. Cases of MCC have tripled in the last 20 years. MCC is considered aggressive because it can grow quickly and spread and return after treatment.
Because MCC is aggressive, prompt treatment is recommend. The sooner this skin cancer is treated the better the outcome.To improve a patient’s outcome, a team of doctors usually creates the treatment plan for MCC. This approach allows the patient to benefit from the expertise of specialists in different areas of medicine. The team often includes a dermatologist, a medical oncologist (cancer specialist), and a radiation oncologist (specialist in treating cancer with radiation.)
These actions help find cancer as early as possible. If you have a history of Merkel Cell Cancer, please contact MDA and our Dermatologists can assist you in coordinating your follow-up.