Welcome to AMIGOs

Australasian Merkel Cell Carcinoma Interest Group

“Enabling access to high quality care for all patients with Merkel Cell Carcinoma”

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What is Merkel Cell Carcinoma?

Merkel Cell Carcinoma is a rare but highly aggressive neuroendocrine skin cancer.

Merkel Cell Carcinoma has the potential to be lethal and appropriate management should be sought immediately through a specialist centre.
Treatment often will involve several types of therapy such as surgery, radiation, and sometimes systemic medications. Multidisciplinary evaluation of patients with this cancer is critical to determine and carry out a proper treatment plan.
A list of specialist centres who are able to provide you with advice are available here.

“Many patients and primary care doctors don’t understand the severity of a Merkel Cell Carcinoma diagnosis. Carers and families often don’t appreciate the seriousness of the condition. How could a skin cancer that you have never heard of, give you a deadly problem, unless it is malignant melanoma? Merkel Cell Carcinoma patients need quick referral to specialists at centres of excellence who understand this disease.”

Jonathan Pincus
Chair, Patient Advocacy Group


Dinner session at Conrad Centennial Singapore tonight 6.30pm: An update of surgical, radiotherapeutic and systemic therapies and combinations for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers: from the common Basal cell carcinoma to the rare Merkel Cell Carcinoma. Register at amigos@masc.org.au.

Andrejz Dlugosz from Uni Michigan describes the first faithful Merkel cell carcinoma mouse model and derivative cell lines at 1st #Merkelcellcarcinoma Symposium in Tampa Florida. Huge advance for the field..

James DeCaprio gave a beautiful talk on how MCPyV STA activates LSD1 complex providing rational for LSD1 inhibitors in virus positive MCC.

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