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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Just three words?...: We all have squamous cells; can't live without them. If you did not ask for premium, paid services, then this HealthTap public forum is free. Post a l ... Read More

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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Squamous: Describes the tile like architecture of cells; however, their behavior is deranged, nuclei irregualrly enlarged and do not respect boundaries.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dang
13 years experience in Radiology
Depends: It depends on what organ is involved with this cancer. Surveillance ct or pet/ct may be able to show if the cancer has spread.
A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Skin & other sites.: Squamous refers to the type of cancer as determined by microscopic appearance. They are common in the skin. The other sites are often smoking relate ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
3 skin cancers: These are the three most common cancers to arise in skin. Basal cell carcinoma will kill only by invading a deep structure such as the brain. Squamou ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
No: Generally no. Usually environmental -- such as tobacco and scc lung cancer for instance.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Small cell was: Distinguised because there is almost never a role for surgery, and always a role for chemotherapy. Non-small cell prior to 1980 never had chemotherapy ... Read More
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Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience in Surgical Oncology
Can be cured: If no nodes palpable and lesion localized, RT chemo can reduce size and position site for curative resection. Partial glossectomy after initial thera ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Different cell types: Squamous cell carcinomas are worse than basal cell carcinomas. Squamous cell carcinomas can metastasize where as basal cell carcinomas very rarely do ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Not necessarily: Squamous cells are normal constituents of skin and some of the other linings, e.g., vagina. Squamous cells per se do not give rise to any cancer. Some ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Not really: Not necessarily. It could appear suddenly and grow rapidly. But then it will reach a certain size then it will stop growing, and then regress weeks to ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams
17 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pathologist speak: This simply means that when the pathologist reviewed your pap smear it contained either normal cells from the inside of the cervical opening or cells ... Read More
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Dr. John Sand
Dr. John Sand answered
44 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Benign change: This not a cancer or pre-cancer but a benign, that is inconsequential finding.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Lee
20 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Excision: This type of basal cell needs excision with a 3-5 mm margin. Consult with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
May be abnormal cell: It is a term used by Pathologists to imply that your cells are somewhat deranged and not entirely normal. Sometimes this means that such cells can det ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sri Sundararaman
27 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Depends: Origin of cancer is very important. If skin, usually not unless large, ulcerated lesion. Depending on site, stage at presentation then plays a role. S ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Schaffner
22 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Skin cancer: The difference between basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma has to do with how the skin cancer cells appear under the microscop ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
27 years experience in Family Medicine
Non Small cell ca: Is the most common type of lung cancer, another type is small cell ca (which is more aggressive). Both are challenging to diagnose at an early stage. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Very very rarely: Basal cell carcinomas of the skin almost never metastasize.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Lee
20 years experience in Plastic Surgery
SCC: Squamous cells are normal epithelial cells present in a layer of the skin called the epidermis. When the architecture of the cell is distorted, sever ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Nothing: Even in the lung, squamous cell carcinomas are usually silent until they have become large enough to cause coughing up of blood -- one of the common ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Invasive: You probably mean "invasive" squamous cell carcinoma. All cancers, including squamous cell carcinomas, by definition, are invasive. Invasiveness refe ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
20 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: It may be curable but you will need and extensive work up and close follow up with your otolaryngology surgeon (ent). Depending on the extent of canc ... Read More
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A 71-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Klein
20 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes and no: Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer which is not malignant in the sense it will not spread to distant parts of the body and threaten life th ... Read More
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