Benjamin Lok, Sabrina Khan, Robert Mutter, Jeffrey Liu, Ryan Fields, Melissa Pulitzer, Weiji Shi, Zhigang Zhang, Dennis Kraus, David Pfister, Klaus J. Busam, Isaac Brownell and Nancy Lee Selective radiotherapy for the treatment of head and neck Merkel cell carcinoma Cancer 118
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.26738
Adjuvant radiotherapy may benefit patients with Merkel cell carcinoma, which is a rare aggressive neuroendocrine tumor of the skin that is prone to high rates of locoregional failure and systemic progression. The authors report a site-specific series of head and neck Merkel cell carcinoma patients who received radiotherapy and observe that radiation is well tolerated and the rate of locoregional recurrence is low.
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