Merkel Cell Carcinoma

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News: Merkel Cell Carcinoma

ImmunoGen, Inc. Announces Encouraging Clinical Data with Its IMGN901 Compound ...  -  ‎Nov 17, 2009‎
WELT ONLINE..."To date, IMGN901 has demonstrated highly encouraging activity in the treatment of Merkel cell carcinoma and has been generally well tolerated,? commented ...

ImmunoGen Announces IMGN901 Data (NASDAQ:IMGN)  -  ‎Nov 18, 2009‎
FavStocks (blog)...(NASDAQ:IMGN) have reported the clinical data of their IMGN901 product candidate which will be used for the treatment of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). ...

ImmunoGen Signs 2nd Licensing Deal with Amgen  -  ‎Nov 22, 2009‎
OneMedPlace (blog)ImmunoGen recently announced favorable Phase I data for IMGN901, its drug candidate for an aggressive neuroendocrine cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma.

ImmunoGen, Inc. Announces Presentations at the AACR-NCI-EORTC International ...  -  ‎Nov 10, 2009‎
WELT ONLINE..."Clinical experience of IMGN901 (BB-10901, huN901-DM1) in patients with Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC)? (abstract #B237) at Poster session B; ...

ImmunoGen, Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Results  -  ‎Oct 29, 2009‎
ReutersIMGN901 is in development for the treatment of CD56+ solid tumors, which include small-cell lung cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma, ovarian and ...

Virus May Be Causally Linked To Skin Cancer  -  07 Aug 2009
Looking Fit...biopsies and found a virus that had previously been discovered in Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare but aggressive skin cancer that strikes the elderly.

ImmunoGen, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009 ...  -  07 Aug 2009
Earthtimes (press release) (press release)Encouraging IMGN901 clinical findings in the treatment of small-cell lung cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma, and other CD56-positive solid tumors were reported

Virus Linked To Some Cases Of Common Skin Cancer  -  ‎Jul 30, 2009‎
Science Daily (press release)The virus was first discovered in patients with Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare, aggressive skin cancer that occurs mainly in the elderly and people with a

Outcomes of Surgical Management of Early-stage Merkel Cell ...  -  ‎Jul 27, 2009‎
Cancer ConsultantsResearchers from Italy have reported that approximately one-third of patients with Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) without lymph node involvement have a

ImmunoGen Announces Encouraging New Clinical Data with the ...  -  ‎Jul 31, 2009‎
WELT ONLINE..."We are encouraged by the initial efficacy and safety profile of IMGN901 in SCLC and Merkel cell carcinoma, especially as these cancers have proven highly

Virus seemed to be linked to common skin cancer  -  ‎Aug 3, 2009‎
HealthJockey.comEvidently, the virus was first discovered in patients with Merkel cell carcinoma. This Merkel cell carcinoma appears to be a rare, aggressive skin cancer

Internet research saves cancer survivor's life  -  ‎Jul 25, 2009‎
Elmira Star-GazetteGOTT: As I read your column about Merkel cell carcinoma, chills went down my spine. Just a year and a half ago, the family encouraged my father to go to the

HENRY "HANK" COUNCILMAN JR. Henry "Hank" Councilman, Jr.  -  ‎Jul 28, 2009‎
Duluth News TribuneHenry "Hank" Councilman, Jr., 81, of Proctor, formerly of Carlton passed away June 27, 2009 peacefully at home from Merkel Cell Carcinoma.

Copeland's of New Orleans Unveils New Restaurant Prototype  -  ‎Aug 5, 2009‎
PR Newswire (press release)...lives on through the Al Copeland Foundation which is dedicated to the eradication of Merkel Cell Carcinoma, the disease that took Copeland's life.

Oak Bluffs  -  ‎Jul 29, 2009‎
Martha's Vineyard TimesShe has Merkel cell carcinoma. Her email address is, and she has set up a blog folks can read at

Al Copeland Investments Hires Andy Gunkler as Chief Franchise Officer  -  ‎Jul 16, 2009‎
PR Newswire (press release)...lives on through the Al Copeland Foundation which is dedicated to the eradication of Merkel Cell Carcinoma, the disease that took Copeland's life.

바?러스가 ?한 '피부암' 유발  -  ‎Aug 1, 2009‎
메디컬투데이...지난해 미국내 발병한 메켈세?암(Merkel cell carcinoma)??는 드문 종류? 피부암?서 발견? 바?러스가 미국내 ? 번째로 ?한 피부암? 앓는 사람?서? 발견

Al Copeland's holiday lights display and party go out in style  -  Dec 13, 2008
The Times-Picayune -,Copeland had a lump on his neck that doctors identified as Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare cancer attacking his salivary gland.

Fullsatt på BMC på Nobelföreläsningen  -  Dec 13, 2008
Upsala Nya Tidning,Och så sent i år har ett nyupptäckt så kallat polyomavirus påträffats i en sällsynt hudtumör, Merkel cell carcinoma, hos människa.

Copeland's Social City Highly-Anticipated Restaurant Launch Set ...  -  Nov 17, 2008
Earthtimes (press release),...lives on through the Al Copeland Foundation which is dedicated to the eradication of Merkel Cell Carcinoma, the disease that took Copeland's life.

IMGN901 Is Well Tolerated, Shows Clinical Activity in Patients ...  -  Oct 27, 2008
DG NewsAs the researchers specifically noted, one patient with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma had a durable complete response with clinical remission for over 3

Exelixis Reports Positive Phase 1 Data for PI3K Inhibitor XL147 at ...  -  Oct 23, 2008
Lifescience-online,PRAS40, and S6 were observed in tumor tissues from 2 patients (leiomyosarcoma and Merkel cell carcinoma) at the 600 mg dose level.

Letter: Bike paths and medical research  -  Apr 28, 2008
2TheAdvocate, reported the frustration and failure experienced in seeking funding for medical research into a rare but deadly cancer — Merkel cell carcinoma.

Characteristics of Merkel Cell Carcinoma Described  -  Mar 24, 2008
Cancer Consultants,University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Researcher Center have described the clinical characteristics of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC).

Cancer survivor helps others struggling with disease  -  Feb 27, 2008
Business Gazette,Then in February 2007, she was diagnosed with a form of skin cancer known as Merkel cell carcinoma. The cancer was removed and she went through six weeks of

Cancer patient's family seeks help  -  Dec 4, 2007
Eagle Tribune,After a meeting with a dermatologist and a biopsy, Angela's daughter, Tricia, was diagnosed with Merkel cell carcinoma, a very rare form of skin cancer that

Skin cancer warning ignored  -  Dec 6, 2007
Melbourne Herald Sun,...section of his nose during his first bout of skin cancer in 1972, and is now fighting a renewed battle against a more aggressive merkel cell carcinoma.

William Chodoff, pediatrician, medical director  -  Dec 7, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer,By Sally A. Downey William G. Chodoff, 64, of West Mount Airy, a pediatrician, died of Merkel cell carcinoma at his home on Nov. 26.

Bill Chodoff, 64, populist pediatrician  -  Nov 30, 2007
Philadelphia Daily News,...of Philadelphia and the Mercy/AmeriHealth Mercy Health Plan, of which he was an executive, died Monday after a long battle with Merkel cell carcinoma.

risk for second nonlymphoid neoplasms in chronic lymphocytic leukemia  -  Nov 16, 2007
Medscape (subscription)1995;61:773-779. abstract vlad r, woodlock tj. merkel cell carcinoma after chronic lymphocytic leukemia: case report and literature review. am j clin oncol.

cancer claims life of new castle educator  -  Nov 7, 2007
Muncie Star Press,...and not even cancer would be enough to keep stephen away from the classroom. he first was diagnosed with merkel cell carcinoma in the spring of 2006,

A LOT OF FOLK IN FRANKFORT SPRAWLING, MUSICAL FESTIVAL GATHERS A ...  -  Sep 21, 2007,The Austrian-born keyboardist and composer died of Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare form of skin cancer, last week at age 75. Although jazz traditionalists

Background information on Merkel Cell Carcinoma [When available]

In medicine, carcinoma is any cancer that arises from epithelial cells. It is malignant by definition: carcinomas invade surrounding tissues and organs, and may spread to lymph nodes and distal sites (metastasis). Carcinoma in situ (CIS) is a pre-malignant condition, in which cytological signs of malignancy are present, but there is no histological evidence of invasion through the epithelial basement membrane.

Types of carcinoma

Carcinoma, like all neoplasia, is classified by its histopathological appearance. Adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, two common descriptive terms for tumours, reflect the fact that these cells may have glandular or squamous cell appearances respectively. Severely anaplastic tumours might be so undifferentiated that they do not have a distinct histological appearance.

Sometimes a tumour is referred to by the presumptive organ of the primary (eg carcinoma of the prostate) or the putative cell of origin (hepatocellular carcinoma, renal cell carcinoma).

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