Skin Cancer: Merkel Cell Carcinoma

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Additional resources for Merkel cell carcinoma

More information from your American Cancer Society

The following related information may also be helpful to you. These materials can be read on our website or ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345.

Skin cancer causes, prevention, and detection

A Parent’s Guide to Skin Protection (also in Spanish)

Skin Cancer: Prevention and Early Detection

Sun Basics: Skin Protection Made Simple (information for children aged 8 to 14)

Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation

Dealing with diagnosis and treatment

Health Professionals Associated With Cancer Care

Talking With Your Doctor (also in Spanish)

After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)

Living with cancer

Distress in People With Cancer

Anxiety, Fear, and Depression

Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain (also in Spanish)

Living With Uncertainty: The Fear of Cancer Recurrence

When Your Cancer Comes Back: Cancer Recurrence

Understanding cancer treatments

A Guide to Cancer Surgery (also in Spanish)

A Guide to Chemotherapy (also in Spanish)

Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know

Cancer treatment side effects

Nausea and Vomiting

Anemia in People With Cancer

Fatigue in People With Cancer

Peripheral Neuropathy Caused by Chemotherapy

Understanding Lymphedema (for Cancers Other Than Breast Cancer)

Family and caregiver concerns

Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

What It Takes to Be a Caregiver

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis (also in Spanish)

Work, insurance, and finances

Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient (also in Spanish)

Working During Cancer Treatment

Returning to Work After Cancer Treatment

If treatment is no longer working

Nearing the End of Life

Hospice Care

Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at cancer.org/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order.

National organizations and websites*

Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
Toll-free number: 1-888-462-3376 (1-888-462-DERM)
Website: www.aad.org
Spot Skin Cancer website: www.aad.org/spot-skin-cancer

    For information on skin cancer, a skin cancer risk assessment, a locator for free skin cancer screenings, and a dermatologist locator

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Website: www.epa.gov/sunwise/

    Has free sun safety information

Merkel Cell Carcinoma (Seattle Multidisciplinary MCC Team)
Website: www.merkelcell.org

    Has a lot of MCC-specific information, including photos, information to help make informed decisions, and support/discussion groups

National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
TYY: 1-800-332-8615
Website: www.cancer.gov

    Part of the US National Institutes of Health, the NCI offers accurate, up-to-date information about cancer to patients, their families, and the general public

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
Website: www.nccn.org

    Made up of experts from many of the nation’s leading cancer centers, the NCCN develops guidelines for doctors to use when treating patients, including one on Merkel cell carcinoma. Also provides online information on other topics to help patients, caregivers, and families make informed decisions about cancer care.

Skin Cancer Foundation
Toll-free number: 1-800-754-6490 (1-800-SKIN-490)
Website: www.skincancer.org

    Has pictures and descriptions of skin cancers, information and educational materials, and newsletters

American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)
Website: www.asds.net

    Has a Skin Cancer Self-Exam Kit and Journal, which can be printed from the website, “Skin Cancer Takes Friends” – a state-by-state guide to free skin cancer screenings (usually conducted May thru July), and a Dermatologic Surgeon Locator that can be searched by zip code

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.


Last Medical Review: 04/13/2015
Last Revised: 04/27/2015