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Can you explain squamous cell carcinoma?

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Dr. Kenneth Lee
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
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, severely disorganized, and has uninhibited growth, it becomes a cancer.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How do a squamous cell and squamous cell carcinoma differ?

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Dr. Kenneth Lee
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
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, severely disorganized, and has uninhibited growth, it becomes a cancer.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What does squamous cell carcinoma mean to you?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Subtype of cancer: It only means-a subtype of cancer. Nothing much. The treatment, prognosis etc- will depend on where is this cancer located primarily? , what is the stage ( how big it is? Any lymph node or adjacent tissue involvement? Any spreading to distant organ? Etc. If you smoke tobacco and drink alcohol- you need to quit. Please discuss in detail with your oncologist.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What is squamous cell carcinoma like?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends on site: Squamous cell carcinomas of the skin are usually slow growing and metastasize only infrequently. Squamous cell carcinomas of the lung are lethal and a majority of the patients are dead within a year. Squamous cell carcinomas of the esophagus, cervix, oro-pharynx etc fall in between.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What is vasive squamous cell carcinoma?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Invasive: You probably mean "invasive" squamous cell carcinoma. All cancers, including squamous cell carcinomas, by definition, are invasive. Invasiveness refers to the ability of cancer cells to burrow into surrounding tissues and destroy normal structures.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are stages of squamous cell carcinoma?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Differentiated: The pathology report will desribe well, moderate or poorly differentiated. Well differentiated is less advanced. It will also describe depth on invasion and whether nerves are involved. An evaluation of lymph nodes is done to confirm squamous cell is localized to skin. In advanced cases it will have spread requiring surgery followed by radiation, and possible chemotherapy.

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