Unusual case of long-term survival of the patient with chemorefractory merkel cell carcinoma

Mária Rečková, Lawrence H. Einhorn

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Abstract

The case report presents a 46-year old patient with Merkel cell carcinoma. Initial treatment of localized disease consisted of surgery followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. Shortly after the adjuvant chemotherapy completion she relapsed several times locoregionaly and ultimately in a distant location. The distant relapse was treated surgically as the disease was considered to be chemorefractory. Since the last treatment, the patient has been disease-free for 16+ months. The case shows the importance of surgical treatment of chemorefractory disease. Because distant relapse was diagnosed by radiographic studies at the time when no other symptoms were presented, radiographic follow-up, at least in some cases, plays a very important role in addition to follow-up with physical examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-356
Number of pages3
JournalKlinicka Onkologie
Volume20
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 25 2007

Keywords

  • Drug resistance
  • Follow-up studies
  • Merkel cell tumor
  • Radiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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