A 34-year-old member asked:
What is the life expectancy of someone who has metastatic squamous cell carcinoma?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Pathology 44 years experience
It depends: A low-grade squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth metastatic to one neck lymph node may get a cure. A low-grade lung cancer with bone metastases may kill in a few days by causing pneumonia, or be compatible with a few years' survival. In real life, no physician says, "you have thus-and-so long to live". I hope that you will cherish each day of life that you are given, living richly & loving well.
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Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Statisics vs. n-of-1: Oncologists are good at giving prognostic life expectancy statistics for a population of patients with a specific cancer (with associated grade, stage, biomarkers, etc). However, we are not good (usually) at predicting the life expectancy of an individual patient. This is improving both in the the untreated patient (prognostic markers, etc) and after treatment but is still imperfect.
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Pathology 49 years experience
Uncertain: It is notoriously difficult to predict the life span in a given patient, especially without knowing all of the person's medical history.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
What would the life expectancy if diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma be?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Of what?: You can have squamous cell of the skin which is almost always curable, of the cervix which is also very curable if found early, or of the lung or esophagus which are bad dudes.
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