Testing & Diagnosis
The diagnosis of Merkel cell carcinoma is made with a skin biopsy, which is examined under the microscope.
At the time of diagnosis, your medical team will perform other tests to “stage” your cancer. The stage is based on many factors including the size of the tumor, the results of a sentinel lymph node biopsy, and scans. The stage of the cancer is the single most important measure of the chance that the cancer will return.
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September 21, 2023
- What is a Merkel cell?
- What is Merkel cell carcinoma?
- Symptoms & appearance of Merkel cell carcinoma
- Causes of Merkel cell carcinoma
- Surgical excision
- Mohs micrographic surgery
- Radiation therapy
- Complementary & alternative therapies
- Clinical trials
- Adjuvant Avelumab in Merkel Cell Carcinoma Trial
- Surgically Treated Adjuvant Merkel Cell Carcinoma with Pembrolizumab (STAMP) Trial