If you’ve been diagnosed with Merkel cell carcinoma, you may see several specialists throughout the course of your treatment. It’s common to have one primary oncologist (usually a medical oncologist) who coordinates your treatment, but he or she may recommend that you consult with other oncologists throughout the process. Working with oncologists who have high levels of specialization – for instance, an oncologist who only provides chemotherapy, an oncologist who only provides radiation therapy and an oncologist who only performs surgery – provides the benefits of a greater level of expertise. Considering that Merkel cell carcinomas often grow more quickly and in more intricate patterns than other forms of skin cancer, this expertise often translates to better outcomes and quality of life.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, patients can consult with some of the nation’s top Merkel cell carcinoma specialists, including:
- Skin cancer surgeons
- Medical oncologists and radiation oncologists who exclusively treat skin cancers
- Supportive care providers and oncology nurses
Many of our specialists are involved not only with clinical treatment, but also with the Merkel cell carcinoma research that we conduct through our expansive biology, epidemiology and immunology programs. Moffitt has been named a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, speaking to the extensive influence of our clinical research programs. We fast-track our research breakthroughs into meaningful treatments, allowing our specialists to choose the most promising options for our patients.