Merkel Cell Carcinoma in Palm Beach Gardens & Stuart, FL
What is Merkel Cell Carcinoma?
Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare form of skin cancer that is derived from the cell of the same name. Merkel cells are found in the skin and connect to nerve endings, which are responsible for the body’s sense of touch. Today, it is known that the Merkel Cell Polyoma Virus is responsible for most cases of Merkel cell carcinoma, but older age and frequent sun exposure are also common risk factors for the disease. Merkel cell carcinoma causes a single lump on the skin, usually red or flesh-colored, which is often painless and may mimic the appearance of a basal cell carcinoma. Merkel cell carcinoma grows and spreads quickly, and as such, should be treated promptly.
How is Merkel Cell Carcinoma Treated?
Depending on the stage and severity of merkel cell carcinoma, it can be addressed with a number of treatment options. Some of these include chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiation therapy. However, in most cases, surgical excision followed by radiation is the recommended treatment option, as it can fully remove the cancerous cells to prevent further spreading. Most cases of Merkel cell carcinoma should be excised in conjunction with a sentinel lymph node biopsy, and therefore are performed in the operating room. Consultation with surgical oncology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology colleagues is expected.
How Much Does Merkel Cell Carcinoma Treatment Cost?
The cost of merkel cell carcinoma treatment at Florida Dermatology Specialists can vary depending on the procedures involved and the extent of treatment needed. In most cases, your treatment may be eligible for coverage by health insurance. During your initial consultation, we will develop a personalized treatment plan and assess your insurance coverage to determine the exact cost of treatment that you will be responsible for.
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What Can I Expect from Merkel Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
Your merkel cell carcinoma treatment will depend on the severity of your symptoms and the treatment approach that will be most effective for you. Mekel cell carcinoma can be an extremely aggressive cancer, and prognosis depends on several risk factors. During your visit, Dr. Krathen will let you know what to expect during and after your merkel cell carcinoma treatment.
Why Choose Florida Dermatology Specialists for Merkel Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
Florida Dermatology Specialists is the premier practice for Merkel cell carcinoma treatment, as our team of dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons specialize in patient-focused skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Led by Dr. Richard Krathen, board-certified Dermatologist, board-certified Micrographic Dermatologic Surgeon, and fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon, we offer the very best in merkel cell carcinoma treatments to provide patients with safe and effective care.
To learn more about merkel cell carcinoma treatment or to schedule your consultation at Florida Dermatology Specialists, contact us today. With offices in Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart, we welcome patients living in and around Palm City, Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach, FL.