Merkel Cell Carcinoma Treatment Information

Merkel cell carcinoma is a relatively rare form of skin cancer that results from the excessive growth of cells that serve as touch receptors (Merkel cells) in the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). While the precise causes of the condition are not yet well understood, most cases develop on areas of skin that are regularly exposed to natural or artificial sources of ultraviolet (UV) light, most notably, sunlight and tanning beds, leading researchers to believe that UV exposure plays a role in its development.

Our Approach

Moffitt Cancer Center’s comprehensive Cutaneous Oncology Program specializes in the treatment of Merkel cell carcinoma and other forms of skin cancer. In a single location, we offer all aspects of screening, diagnosis, staging, treatment, support and long-term follow up. A multispecialty team of experts collaboratively recommends individualized treatment plans for patients, then monitors patient progress to ensure the best possible outcome and quality of life.

The team at Moffitt includes of a broad range of skin cancer specialists who are highly experienced in treating Merkel cell carcinoma and other types of skin cancer. These experts include:

  • Fellowship-trained surgeons
  • Medical oncologists
  • Dermatologists
  • Dermatopathologists
  • Radiologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Supportive care specialists

The acclaimed research team at Moffitt continues to learn more about Merkel cell carcinoma, and we take a bench-to-bedside approach to make the benefits of our laboratory breakthroughs available to our patients as quickly as possible. Moffitt is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, which is a testament to our dedicated research and consistent progress. As a result of these efforts, our survival rates consistently exceed the national average, and our patients experience an enhanced quality of life.

For these reasons, Moffitt is redefining how Merkel cell carcinoma is diagnosed and treated. To learn more, call 1-888-663-3488 or request an appointment by completing a new patient registration form online. We do not require referrals.