One of the things that sets neuroendocrine tumors apart from other kinds of cancer is that they can occur almost anywhere in the body. Those different locations — or primary sites — can mean the NET takes on different characteristics, and requires different kinds of treatment. In previous episodes of this show, we’ve talked about lung NETs, pancreatic NETs, small bowel NETs, and gynecological NETs. Today, we’re going to be talking about skin NETs. These are known as Merkel cell carcinomas. Merkel cell carcinoma can be challenging to diagnose and treat, making early detection and medical attention crucial. 

Dr. Ann Silk is a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she co-directs the Merkel Cell Carcinoma Center for Excellence.

Dr. Manisha Thakuria is a dermatologist who works at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She co-directs their Merkel Cell Carcinoma Center.

Dr. Paul Nghiem is Director, Skin Oncology Clinical Program, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center at the University of Washington. He runs a research lab there and takes care of patients with Merkel cell carcinoma.

A special thank you to Leon Igras and Stewart Landers for sharing their NET stories.

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