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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.

Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.

Immunosuppressant: Enbrel (etanercept) is an immunosupressant to minimize yuur bodies attack of itself. Anything that lowers your immune system may increase your risk for certain cancers such as lymphoma, basal and squamous cell cancers, particularly if you are already fair skinned. Good sun block, wide brimmed hats, minimize sun exposure, etc. Your doctor should be able to discuss the relative risks of treatment of enbrel (etanercept). ...Read more

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Can basal or squamous cell carcinoma be as small as 1mm wide?

Can basal or squamous cell carcinoma be as small as 1mm wide?

Yes: All cancers start as one cell being malignant and all cancers go through a stage where the lesion is 1.0 mm wide. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What is the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

What is  the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

Different origins: Skin cancers are named for the type of skin cell that they develop from. A basal cell is generally a less dangerous tumor unless it is near an opening such as the nose, eye or ear. The squamous cell is more serious, requires a more aggressive surgical removal, and will sometimes spread inside the body (metastasize). ...Read more

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What are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

What are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Types of cancer: Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer that originates from the melanocytes. It often travels to distant locations in the body and is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body, but will recur locally if not treated appropriately. Squamous cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Where to find more information on squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Where to find more information on squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Skin cancer: This question really cannot be answered in this setting. You should go on the computer and you can read all about these three types of skin cancers, . ...Read more

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What is the difference between: basal cell carcinoma epithelioma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

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 microscope as well as how they behave. Therefore it is important that they be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible by a healthcare professional who specializes in this area. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma?

What is the best treatment for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma?

Surgery: Skin cancers such as basal and squamous cell carcinoma are best treated by surgical removal. ...Read more

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What are stages of squamous cell carcinoma?

What are stages of squamous cell carcinoma?

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. ...Read more

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Is a squamous cell something that forms squamous cell carcinoma?

Is a squamous cell something that forms squamous cell carcinoma?

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 cancer have squamous cell features. ...Read more

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Is stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma very serious?

Is stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma very serious?

Yes: Every case needs to addressed individually as to site, lymph node or organ involvement. Once removed, an oncologist will help plan a treatment course. ...Read more

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What characterizes early stage squamous cell carcinoma?

What characterizes early stage squamous cell carcinoma?

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 ways in which it announces itself. On the skin, of course, a growing mass with a rough surface is (depending on how it looks) likely to be a squamous skin cancer; these are usually easy to cure. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can squamous cell carcinoma spread more quickly after biopsy?

Can squamous cell carcinoma spread more quickly after biopsy?

No: In order to spread the MMP enzyme which theoretically allows more easy entrance of the tumor cells into the blood stream in actuality breaks the connecting cell bonds via e-cadherin into small -s- ecadherin. This interacts with BRACA and other genes to cause rapid metastasis. ...Read more

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How can I tell if squamous cell carcinoma is life threatening?

How can I tell if squamous cell carcinoma is life threatening?

Can be: Squamous cell cancer in advanced untreated forms can be life threatening. It can be locally aggressive by invading critical structures and can also rarely metastasize to distant organs. Some scc like head and neck locations have a high rate of lymph node spread. Purely skin scc is less dangerous overall than melanoma but still requires timely treatment. ...Read more

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Anyone survive long with squamous cell carcinoma of the epiglottis?

Anyone survive long with squamous cell carcinoma of the epiglottis?

Yes: Unless there is distant metastatic disease, squamous cell carcinoma of the epiglottis is considered curable. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of several. This too will depend on the staging specifics of the disease. ...Read more

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Does stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma affect men different than women?

Does stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma affect men different than women?

Which part of body?: It all depends on where in the body. Squamous cell carcinoma can occur on the skin, lungs, rectum, etc. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy if diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma be?

What would the life expectancy if diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma be?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Douglas
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Thalassemia And Hemoglobinopathy (Definition)

Thalassemia is a type of hemoglobinopathy. It is inherited from one or both of your parents. There are many kind of thalassemia. Most causes anemia (low red blood cell count). Anemia couod be severe requiring blood. Taking iron does not cure the disease. Thalassemia is common in people living in the mediteranian countries, africa, middle east, india, and sotheastern asia such ...Read more


Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Hsv Type 1 And 2 (Definition)

A variety of infections caused by herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2. Type 1 infections are marked by the eruption of vesicles on lips or at the external nares; type 2 by such lesions on the genitalia. Both types often are dormant and reappear during febrile illnesses or even physiologic states such as menstruation. The viruses become latent and and may not ...Read more