A 47-year-old male asked:
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how long does it take squamous cell carcinoma spread to lymph node. spot on arm three years. then grew fast to ugly monster. already biopsied as scc.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
We'll see: I'm sorry that your cancer was not recognized and treated effectively in a timely way. These skin squamous cancers are famously slow to metastasize to the nodes, but i hope it can be removed promptly. There's no definite predicting. Best wishes.
Answered on Jan 12, 2019
Dr. Scott Sattler
23 years experience Plastic Surgery
SCC on arm: Its very rare for a scc on the arm to 'spread' to local lymph nodes. Surgery is usually curative for most scc, with the possible exception of late stage scc in the head/neck region.
Answered on Sep 15, 2017

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