Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare type of skin cancer commonly seen in older people. It is typically blamed on too much sun exposure that causes Merkel cells, or cells that are very close to the nerve endings, grow out of control. If not diagnosed and treated early, the cancer can metastasize even during the early stages initially spreading to nearby lymph nodes and eventually to other organs through tissues and blood.
Patients with Merkel cell carcinoma, particularly those with serious cases, require access to a fully-equipped medical facility staffed by multidisciplinary teams of medical professionals to improve their prognosis. Such can be easily found in Southeast Asia where high quality, world-class, and affordable cancer care is readily available to both local and international patients.
In many globally-recognised hospitals in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, the condition is diagnosed using various diagnostic tests and imaging that can also determine the extent of cancer. These tests include computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) scan, immunohistochemistry, and lymph node biopsy. International patients are assured of accurate diagnosis as the equipment used as well as the facilities are comparable to those found in the United States and other Western countries.
In Thailand and Singapore, where cancer care is one of the top medical specialties, patients are offered a complete range of treatment options that can greatly improve their chances of recovering from their condition. These include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. All the procedures are performed by highly qualified oncologists (cancer care specialists) and medical professionals, many of them have studied and/or received training in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Europe bringing with them the very best medical practices that improve treatment outcomes. Despite receiving high quality, world-class cancer care, patients who travel to Southeast Asia for treatment can expect to pay less than half of what they would spend if they travel to Western countries.