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Journal of Skin Cancer
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 189342, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/189342
Review Article

Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Interdisciplinary Management of a Rare Disease

Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Received 24 October 2012; Revised 21 December 2012; Accepted 28 December 2012

Academic Editor: Brett A. Miles

Copyright © 2013 Sven Schneider et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. The goal of this paper is to review contemporary multidisciplinary treatment with reference to Merkel cell carcinoma. Management of this rare but highly aggressive skin cancer is a complex undertaking that necessitates an understanding of its etiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, and the coordinated work of several clinical specializations. Recent Findings. The contemporary literature employs a multidisciplinary approach to achieve the best patient's treatment. Conclusion. This paper presents an algorithm for contemporary management for the rare and aggressive Merkel cell carcinoma. Multidisciplinary approach in a tumor center provides high-quality care for patients with Merkel cell carcinoma.