Key PointsThe median overall survival, disease‐free survival and survival from disease progression of patients with progressive disease were 15, 8 months and 5 months, respectively.Twenty‐two (96%) of 23 individuals suffering from disease progression died of the disease. The overall mortality rate was 70%.Patients with progressive MCC spend significantly more tumour‐related days in the hospital compared to patients without a progressive disease.The rate of immunosuppression was significantly higher in the MCC progressive group and those patients received more often radio‐ and/or chemotherapy.Despite an aggressive therapy approach and long hospitalisation, survival among patients suffering from progressive MCC was very poor. Randomised clinical trials are required to assess whether aggressive systemic and local therapy is justified in Merkel cell carcinoma patients with progressive disease.INTRODUCTIONMerkel cell carcinoma is an aggressive and fast‐growing neuroendocrine tumour of the skin. It occurs predominantly on sun‐exposed skin of elderly and/or immunosuppressed people.Approximately 4% of all patients with Merkel cell carcinoma initially present with distant metastases, a stage, where palliative treatment is usually considered. Very limited data are available on palliative treatment in patients suffering from Merkel cell carcinoma. A multimodal radio/chemotherapy concept is advisable for patients suffering from an advanced tumour stage or patients who are not
Clinical Otolaryngology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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