What Is Merkel Cell Carcinoma?
Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the skin.
Merkel cells, found in the top layer of the skin, are very close to the nerve endings that receive the sensation of touch. Also called neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin or trabecular cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma is a very rare type of skin cancer that forms when Merkel cells grow out of control. The disease starts most often in areas of skin exposed to the sun, especially the head and neck, as well as the arms, legs, and trunk. It is most common in older people and in people with weakened immune systems.
Why Choose Us
The Cutaneous (Skin) Cancer Treatment Center at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center provide comprehensive services to patients with these cancers, including:
- A dedicated Center of Excellence
- An individualized therapy plan for your specific needs
- Access to the latest clinical trials
- Multidisciplinary care delivered by a team of specialists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Learn about Merkel cell carcinoma, and find information on how we support and care for people with Merkel cell carcinoma before, during, and after treatment.
The following information is from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).