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J Skin Cancer. 2013;2013:189342. doi: 10.1155/2013/189342. Epub 2013 Jan 14.

Merkel cell carcinoma: interdisciplinary management of a rare disease.

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, Austria.



The goal of this paper is to review contemporary multidisciplinary treatment with reference to Merkel cell carcinoma. Management of this rare but highly aggressive skin cancer is a complex undertaking that necessitates an understanding of its etiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, and the coordinated work of several clinical specializations.


The contemporary literature employs a multidisciplinary approach to achieve the best patient's treatment.


This paper presents an algorithm for contemporary management for the rare and aggressive Merkel cell carcinoma. Multidisciplinary approach in a tumor center provides high-quality care for patients with Merkel cell carcinoma.

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