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A tanning bed is an artificial sources of ultraviolet (UV) light

Merkel cell carcinoma is an uncommon form of skin cancer resulting from the excessive growth of cells that serve as touch receptors (Merkel cells). Merkel cell often develops on areas of the body that are regularly exposed to natural or artificial sources of ultraviolet (UV) light. 

Choosing a Merkel Cell Carcinoma Specialist in Florida

Approximately 1,500 Merkel cell carcinoma diagnoses are made in a year. As a fairly new disease, it’s important to find a multispecialty team of providers with experience treating this cancer. 

Moffitt Cancer Center’s Cutaneous Oncology Program is focused on the treatment of skin cancer, including Merkel cell carcinoma. In a single location, you’ll have access to all aspects of prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and support as well as a multispecialty team of dedicated experts including:

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

Latest Treatment Options

Because Merkel cell carcinomas are more likely to spread, a cancer expert must first determine if the disease has metastasized to other areas of the body. For Merkel cell carcinomas that have not spread a surgeon may attempt to remove the cancer through surgery. For Merkel cell carcinomas that have spread treatment options include: 

  • Surgery
  • Lymph node dissection
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy

At Moffitt, our multispecialty team of experts determined the best approach for each patient based on the stage of the cancer and the patient's overall health. We also conduct a wide range of clinical trials to help expand our treatment options and improve our patient outcomes. 

Why Merkel Cell Carcinoma Patients Choose Moffitt?

The Cutaneous Oncology Program at Moffitt offers the latest in preventive, support and cancer care to patients in Florida and across the country.  We offer a comprehensive range of merkel cell carcinoma treatment options in a single, convenient location.

Robust Clinical Trials Program

The nationally acclaimed research team continues to learn more about Merkel cell carcinoma every day, and we take a bench-to-bedside approach to make the benefits of our laboratory breakthroughs available to our patients as quickly as possible. Our dedication to advancing cancer research has earned us the designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, the only such cancer center to earn this distinction based in Florida.

Multiple Locations

Moffitt is the leading cancer hospital in Florida according to U.S. News & World Report. We have multiple locations across the Tampa Bay area and established partnerships with Memorial Healthcare System and AdventHealth.  

To learn more or consult with the Merkel cell carcinoma specialists at Moffitt Cancer Center, complete a new patient registration form online or call 1-888-663-3488. We provide access to a cancer expert within one day. 

Merkel Cell Carcinoma