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What do I need to know to care for someone with Merkel cell carcinoma?

To care for someone with Merkel cell carcinoma, it's important to provide both physical and emotional support. The treatment process will cause both physical and emotional challenges, so help support your loved one as they undergo treatment. This is especially true if more long-term treatment, like chemotherapy or radiation therapy, is required. After treatment, make sure they see their doctor for regular check-ups, and help them check their own skin frequently to make sure the cancer hasn't returned. Remember that Merkel cell carcinoma can cause major emotional stress, so support them however you can through these emotionally draining times.

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