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Faculty

Kathleen Coggshall, MD

Department of Dermatology,
University of California San Francisco,
San Francisco, California

Tiffany L. Tello, MD

Department of Dermatology,
University of California San Francisco,
San Francisco, California

Jeffrey P. North, MD

Department of Dermatology,
University of California San Francisco,
San Francisco, California

Siegrid S. Yu, MD

Department of Dermatology,
University of California San Francisco,
San Francisco, California

Accredited by

American Academy of Dermatology

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Course Description

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an uncommon primary cutaneous neuroendocrine cancer. It most commonly presents as an indurated plaque or nodule on sun-damaged skin in elderly patients and is characterized by high rates of local recurrence and nodal metastasis. Survival at 5 years is 51% for local disease and as low as 14% for distant disease, which underscores the aggressive nature of this tumor and challenges in management. Advances in immunology and molecular genetics have broadened our understanding of the pathophysiology of MCC and expanded our therapeutic arsenal. With this comprehensive review, we provide an update of MCC epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation and prognostic markers. The second article in this continuing medical education series explores the evolving landscape in MCC management.

Activity Details

Credit Types:CME
Credit Amount:1.00 Credits
Release Date:2018-Mar-01
Expiration Date:2021-Mar-01
Estimated Time for Completion:1 hour
Registration Required:Yes
Cost:$35.95

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