AMIGOs

Australasian Merkel Cell Carcinoma Interest Group

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

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 of Merkel Cell Carcinoma often involves 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.

“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

Jonathan Pincus

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Mailing address:

AMIGOs
C/O Melanoma and Skin Cancer Trials
553 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia

General enquiries:

Email: amigos@masc.org.au

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Trials
Mailing address:

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Trials
553 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia

General enquiries:

Email: hello@masc.org.au