Clinical Challenges

Nursing Management of Advanced Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Pamela A. Lowry

Morganna L. Freeman

Jeffery S. Russell

skin cancer, nursing care, chemotherapy, adverse events
ONF 2016, 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.

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