The Merkel skin cancer

This is about the Merkel skin cancer

About Merkel Cell Cancer

Merkel cell cancers are a rare type of skin cancer. They develop in Merkel cells which are in the top layer of the skin. These cells are near the nerve endings and they help us respond to touch. Merkel cell cancers are a rare type of endocrine tumor. Merkel cell cancer usually appears as a lump on the skin.

Merkel cell cancer is only in the surface layers of skin localized, the main treatment is to remove it with surgery. This is a rare cancer so treatment should be carried out at a specialist skin cancer center.They will aim to remove all of the cancer cells and you may hear them use the term clear margins. This means that all the signs of the cancer have been removed. To make sure of this, the surgeon will send the tissue that he or she has removed to the laboratory. A specialist will examine it very closely to make sure there is a clear margin of healthy tissue around all the cancerous tissue that has been removed. Your doctor will also be able to explain whether or not you need to have any lymph nodes removed and whether you will need any further treatment or scans afterwards.t is quite common for specialists to recommend radiotherapy after surgery. The aim of the radiotherapy is to kill off any cancer cells that may have been left behind, but are too small to be seen. Sometimes, if surgery is very difficult or the lump is very large, radiotherapy may be used on its own. This usually works very well.

Symptoms

The symptoms lumps are usually bluish red in color and about 1 to 5 although they are sometimes larger. The skin over them is not usually broken ulcerated. They are most often found in the areas of the body that get the most direct sun the head, neck, arms and legs. Unlike most other types of skin cancer, Merkel cell cancer can grow very quickly.

Cancer Growth

Possible Causes

The causes is as with other types of skin cancer long term exposure to sunlight increases your risk of getting Merkel cell cancer. Others include Ultraviolet light treatment, PUVA paleness ultra violet treatment. for skin conditions such as psoriasis development of secondary sis Conditions or treatments that can weaken your immune system, including people who have had an organ transportation.

Cancer Stages

When looking at survival rates, it’s important to understand that the stage of a cancer does not change over time, even if the cancer progresses. A cancer that spreads or comes back is still referred to by the stage it was given when it was first found, but more information is added to explain the current extent of the cancer.  Survival rates are often used by doctors as a standard way of discussing a person’s prognosis outlook. Some people may want to know the survival statistics for people in similar situations, while others may not find the numbers helpful, or may even not want to know them. If you don’t want to read about survival numbers for Merkel cell carcinoma MCC.. metastasis means the development of secondary malignant growths at a distance from a primary site of cancer spreading.

 

Treatments

They will aim to remove all of the cancer cells and you may hear them use the term clear margins. This means that all the signs of the cancer have been removed. To make sure of this, the surgeon will send the tissue that he or she has removed to the laboratory. A specialist will examine it very closely to make sure there is a clear margin of healthy tissue around all the cancerous tissue that has been removed. Your doctor will also be able to explain whether or not you need to have any lymph nodes removed and whether you will need any further treatment or scans afterwards.

It is quite common for specialists to recommend radio therapy after surgery. The aim of the radio therapy is to kill off any cancer cells that may have been left behind, but are too small to be seen. Sometimes, if surgery is very difficult or the lump is very large, radiotherapy treatment of disease by means of x-rays or of radioactive substances may be used on its own the treatment usually works very well. If you get chemotherapy. The treatment of disease by the use of chemical substances, especially the treatment of cancer by cytotoxic and other drugs.

survival rates

remission a diminution of the seriousness or intensity of disease or pain; a temporary recovery. a diminution of the seriousness or intensity of disease or pain a temporary recovery. When somebody is diagnosed with any type of cancer, the cancer is staged. This means finding out exactly how big or deep the cancer is. Also if it has spread to any of the nearby staging test in the about cancer section.he number of reported cases of Merkel cell carcinoma MCC a relatively rare but dangerous skin cancer, has tripled in the last 20 years to approximately 1,500 new cases annually in the US. There are several reasons for the increase. MCC was not routinely recognized by pathologists until the 1990 place when a highly effective microscopic stain CK 20. differentiating it from other cancers, was devolve.

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