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FOC U012 - Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Practical Tips and Advances in Management

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Friday, March 01

CME Credits: 1.50

Location: Room A110/111

Time: 7:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Director: Ling Gao, MD, PhD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Expedite improved knowledge of biology, risk factors, clinical, pathological and prognostic characteristics of Merkel cell carcinoma
  • Update the practical tips for multidisciplinary management

Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC) is a devastating skin cancer with no effective cure. Incidence of MCC triples among the elderly, AIDS and organ transplant patients, and 50 percent of patients are metastatic at the presentation with a 28 percent mortality rate two years after initial diagnosis, far exceeding melanoma. Proper management of MCC is empiric and requires coordination among dermatologists, radiation and medical oncologists, and surgeons. This session will highlight the most important recent developments in the biology, diagnosis, prognosis, and management of MCC, as well as the current NCCN guidelines.