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Merkel Cell Carcinoma Information

Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare disease, is characterized by firm, painless skin lumps or tumors that typically occur on the face, head, and neck. It can affect people of any age, but most typically occurs in people over the age of 70. This type of cancer is extremely difficult to cure once it spreads, so early diagnosis and treatment are critical.
 
Treatment options for Merkel cell carcinoma include:
 
  • Surgery to remove the cancer
  • Radiation therapy (using high-dose x-rays or other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells)
  • Chemotherapy (using drugs to kill cancer cells).
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(For more information, click Merkel Cell Carcinoma. This article features an in-depth discussion on possible causes, metastasis, and factors that influence your treatment plan.)
 

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Information

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