Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics

CORRESPONDENCE
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 437--439

Merkel cell carcinoma-A rare primary neuroendocrine skin tumor: Case report and discussion


Nidhi Gupta1, Shivpreet Singh Samra2, Vinod Nimbran1, Rakesh Kumar Gupta1, Ashwin Anand Kallianpur2, Ujjawal Khurana3 
1 Department of Radiation Oncology, Grecian Superspeciality Hospital, Sector 69, Mohali, Punjab, India
2 Department of Surgery, Grecian Superspeciality Hospital, Sector 69, Mohali, Punjab, India
3 Department of Pathology, Grecian Superspeciality Hospital, Sector 69, Mohali, Punjab, India

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Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but aggressive cutaneous primary small cell carcinoma with an unfavorable prognosis. It is a disease of the sun exposed skin of the elderly commonly involving the head, neck, and extremities. Though most cases present as localized disease, treatment should be definitive with wide excision of the primary lesion (2-3 cm margin) and prophylactic lymphadenectomy followed by irradiation to the primary site. Even when locoregional control is achieved, close surveillance is required due to high rates of local and systemic relapses. Chemotherapy is preserved for systemic disease, though the success of this treatment is limited and no chemotherapy protocol has been shown to improve survival.


How to cite this article:
Gupta N, Samra SS, Nimbran V, Gupta RK, Kallianpur AA, Khurana U. Merkel cell carcinoma-A rare primary neuroendocrine skin tumor: Case report and discussion.J Can Res Ther 2014;10:437-439


How to cite this URL:
Gupta N, Samra SS, Nimbran V, Gupta RK, Kallianpur AA, Khurana U. Merkel cell carcinoma-A rare primary neuroendocrine skin tumor: Case report and discussion. J Can Res Ther [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Nov 30 ];10:437-439
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