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Merkel Cell Carcinoma Stages

Merkel cell carcinoma stages range from stage I to stage III, and also include recurrent Merkel cell carcinoma. The stages vary according to where the cancer is located and whether it has spread to other areas of the body. Treatment also varies with each of the Merkel cell carcinoma stages, which is why the staging process is so important.

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Stages: An Overview

After Merkel cell carcinoma has been diagnosed, you will need to take more tests to find out if cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body. This process is called staging. In order to plan the best treatment for Merkel cell carcinoma, it is important to know the Merkel cell carcinoma stage. Merkel cell carcinoma stages include:
 
  • Stage I
  • Stage II
  • Stage III
  • Recurrent.
     

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Stages: Stage I

In stage I Merkel cell carcinoma, the primary tumor has not spread to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body. The lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped structures that are found throughout the body that produce and store infection-fighting cells.
 

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Stages: Stage II

In stage II Merkel cell carcinoma, the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, but not to other parts of the body.
 

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Stages: Stage III

In stage III Merkel cell carcinoma, the cancer has spread beyond nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body.
 

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Stages: Recurrent

With recurrent Merkel cell carcinoma, the cancer has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. It may come back in the same part of the body that was previously affected, or it may come back in another part of the body.
 
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