Nursing Management of Advanced Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Oncol Nurs Forum. 2016 Nov 1;43(6):680-683. doi: 10.1188/16.ONF.680-683.


Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare and lethal skin cancer with few known treatment options. Management of this disease is challenging, and oncology nurses must understand the medical, physical, and psychosocial burden that MCC places on the patient and family caregivers. Patients must navigate a complex medical and insurance network that often fails to support patients with rare cancers. Nurses must advocate for these patients to ensure quality comprehensive cancer care.

Keywords: adverse events; chemotherapy; nursing care; skin cancer.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Carcinoma, Merkel Cell / drug therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Merkel Cell / nursing*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Rare Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Rare Diseases / nursing*
  • Skin Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Skin Neoplasms / nursing*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antineoplastic Agents