Talk:Merkel cell carcinoma

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I have started a Merkel Cell Cancer Group here at Google Groups. This is a group dedicated to those that have experienced Merkel Cell Cancer, their family members, or those supporting the care of a patient with MCC.

Please stop by, sign up, and post your experiences with MCC.

George Administrator for Group


No evidence for Longley Claim[edit]

At the moment, I don't believe that Luc Longley had MCC. I cannot find any online backing for the claim and unless anyone can provide some, I will remove his name from the list in about five (5) days.Jefferson61345 (talk) 01:51, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

A relevant Google search comes up with nothing useful, so I've gone ahead and removed it. If it was true, it would have been mentioned by organisations such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which has online archives going back several years. Graham87 02:17, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
And look at the other edit by the user who added the entry here. I can't believe I fell for it. Graham87 02:24, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

Spanish link[edit]

Removed this link as i believe it belongs in the "spanish version" of the wikipedia. If there is no article about this topic in the spanish wikipedia, hopefully you can speak spanish and you can tell them to create this article and place this link in their external link or use it as a reff.... http://www.cancer.gov/espanol/pdq/tratamiento/celulas-de-Merkel/

Now since I can't "read spanish" (i can say the odd word) i cant find it useful? So yeah sorry to be a pain n remove you're good faith.. Calaka 11:03, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

There isn't even an article about Merkel cells in Spanish. I'd like to suggest it to Spanish Wikipedia as an article but I don't know the language - it's hardly taught in Australia. Graham87 11:18, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Fare enough mate, let it stay Calaka 12:36, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I hadn't thought of the slippery slope issue before - and that alone is a good reason to remove the link. Therefore I'll leave it out of the article. There will eventually be an article about the topic in Spanish anyway. Graham87 04:09, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

Alternative Medicine Claim[edit]

I think the article would be better without this:

Conventional, Western methods have not shown any improvements. Alternative methods may be affective such as Alkaline Therapy and Ozone Therapy.

Apart from the grammar, there should at least be a link to some reason why those therapies 'may be [e]ffective'. I think also that if we keep that reference it would be worth having a link to quackwatch or something similar (e.g. http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Cancer/oxygen.html) but probably it is just better without mentioning alternative medicines at all (especially not under the Radiation and Chemotherapy heading) though if conventional therapies are not effective then it might be worth keeping that claim (ideally with a reference). Macbutch (talk) 17:53, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

Also, this:

Merkel cell cancer that has metastasized may respond to treatment with chemotherapy and/or radiation. This therapy is not effective in curing and should not be treated to patients unless all other options have been exhausted.

The second sentence should probably be removed given that the normal treatment seems to be radiation therapy very soon after surgery.

Finally, what about putting the 'Sentinel lymph node biopsy' section above 'surgery' as I think that that would then represent the normal progression. i.e.

  1. Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  2. Surgery
  3. Radiation and Chemotherapy

I think that, in fact, chemotherapy might deserve its own section too as that would be after the cancer has spread and possibly not needed for all patients (whereas I think radiation therapy is recommended for all patients)? If we were to be too picky then a biopsy isn't actually treatment as such - not sure that it is important though. Something like this perhaps (for ordering, not content): http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/merkel-cell-carcinoma/DS00802/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs

Also that link metnions that 'whether chemotherapy improves the survival rate in people with Merkel cell carcinoma is unclear' which we could use as a reference for the claims I mentioned above about non-efficacy of chemo (though we should probably distinguish there between chemo and radiation as they're not the same and the same warning does not seem to apply to radiation therapy). Macbutch (talk) 18:10, 23 November 2010 (UTC)