Merkel Cell Carcinoma is a less frequent kind of skin cancer that appears to be just like a piece of flesh or nodule on your skin. It usually looks like a freckle and is bluish-red in colour. The problem usually starts in older people as their immunity levels are lower. However, once this problem starts, it tends to spread very fast and may also be fatal. No associative symptoms follow here.
HOW IS MERKEL CELL CARCINOMA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done by usually doing a tissue test or biopsy to check for malignant cells. PET and Sentinel node biopsy is usually done.
HOW IS MERKEL CELL CARCINOMA TREATED?
Treatments for Merkel cell carcinoma can include:
• Surgery. During surgery, the doctor removes the tumor along with a border of normal skin surrounding the tumor.
• Radiation therapy. Radiation therapy involves directing high-energy beams, such as X-rays, at cancer cells.
• Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill the cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs can be administered through a vein in the arm or taken as a pill or both.
DID YOU KNOW?
This disorder develops in older people who have a weak immune system and have been exposed to the sun for long periods of time.