Merkel cell carcinoma

Checkpoint inhibitors flourishKey publications from the past year have enhanced our understanding of immunomodulatory drugs for advanced and metastatic skin cancers. Others could portend significant practice changes in areas such as sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy, says one dermatologist
Uro Pipeline: FDA accepts two supplemental applications for mUC agentOther pipeline developments include efficacy results for a bladder and prostate cancer drug, an infertility tool to predict sperm quality, the initiation of an immunotherapy combination for mUC, and more.
First drug for rare skin cancer wins approvalFDA approved the first treatment for metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare, aggressive skin cancer.
New era looming MCC treatmentImmune checkpoint inhibitors are providing rapid and durable responses for patients with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma.
Cutting edge techniques provide options for skin cancerNew technologies for managing skin cancer were a topic of discussion at a scientific session at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery’s 2015 annual meeting in Chicago in October. Seaver L. Soon, M.D., division of dermatology and dermatologic surgery at Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, Calif., was one of the moderators for the scientific discussion titled, “The Cutting Edge: New Technologies for Managing Skin Cancer.” Learn more
Viruses may lead to skin disease, cancer
Viruses may lead to skin disease, cancerIt’s believed that viruses cause 15-20% of all cancer cases worldwide. New technologies have helped illuminate hundreds of new viruses and researchers are only beginning to understand how those resident in the skin may cause dermatologic disorders
Advances in understanding, treating MCC
Advances in understanding, treating MCCOutcomes for patients with Merkel Cell Carcinoma are typically poor and therapeutic options are limited, but advances in understanding the biology of the disease, as well as emerging cutting-edge treatments are expected to improve the outlook, experts say.
Study IDs predictors for Merkel cell carcinomaFindings of a Kaiser Permanante study suggest that radiation treatment can help reduce the recurrence of Merkel cell carcinoma, but that chemotherapy appears to have little effect on recurrence or survival.