Findings from research studies suggest that patients treated for Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) should:1. Keep all follow-up appointments with your doctors. MCC is an aggressive skin cancer. It can return after treatment. For this reason, doctors who have expertise in treating MCC recommend:
These follow-up visits help find skin cancer in the earliest stage. The sooner the cancer is found and treated, the better the outcome.2. Perform skin self-exams as often as your dermatologist recommends. If you have received treatment for MCC, it is essential that you learn how to perform a skin self-exam. Your dermatologist or someone in your dermatologist’s office can teach you exactly what you need to know, including how to examine certain lymph nodes.
You will find general helpful tips at Prevent skin cancer.
4. Ask your doctors what else you can do to improve your outcome. Some doctors recommend eating a healthy diet and exercising to keep the immune system strong. Getting enough sleep also is important. Be sure to ask your doctors what could help you.