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Is stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck always incurable?

Is stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck always incurable?

No.: Stage iva head and neck cancer is usually curable. If it is confined to the primary site (example base of tongue) and spread only to neck lymph nodes, it can be cured with radiation/chemo, sometimes surgery added. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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Melanoma has an overall cure rate of around 80-90%. Superficial and lentigo are in the high 90's. What is Nodular overall?

Melanoma has an overall cure rate of around 80-90%.  Superficial and lentigo are in the high 90's.  What is Nodular overall?

Nodular Melanoma: At the earliest detection and treatment nodular melanoma may have a cure rate of 95%. People should remember that not all melanoma develops in a changing mole. It may also appear from a previous lesion and may look like an awkward scar or cyst. It may also appear like a non-healing bruise or nail streak. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis and survival rate for squamous cell carcinoma in the jawbone with only a couple of small lymph nodes involved?

What is the prognosis and survival rate for squamous cell carcinoma in the jawbone with only a couple of small lymph nodes involved?

Mandibular SCC: Head/ neck carcinomas including mandibular (jaw bone) squamous cell are staged according to size and lymph node involvement. This staging is the most important factor in survival and prognosis. Prognosis is improved with adequate surgery (complete removal with negative margins) and lymph node dissection. Radiation is possibly used to improve local recurrence rates. See a head and neck surgeon. ...Read more

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Are the survival rates with stage 4 metastatic melanoma with mets to the brain, liver and skin really poor?

Unfortunately: Metastatic melanoma is a very difficult to treat disease. Luckily this last year there have been 4 new drugs that are active, perhaps you should consider a clinical trial that utilizes these medications. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of someone with stage 4 stomach cancer that spread to multiple lymph nodes and organs surrounding the stomach?

What is the survival rate of someone with stage 4 stomach cancer that spread to multiple lymph nodes and organs surrounding the stomach?

Unknown: This is an impossible question to answer for an individual. Clearly, it is less for someone with the above findings than it is for someone who doesn't have all of the above. When we look at 5-yr survival rates for a given cancer, that is the average survival of thousands of people with the disease. Every individual has other factors to consider. Even then, prediction is faulty. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of head and neck cancers at age 18?

What is the likelihood of head and neck cancers at age 18?

Low, but...: The common smoking-related cancers aren't going to appear in a teen, but there are several cancers of salivary-gland origin that are known to occur at your age. If you have an unexplained mass anywhere, please get it seen by a capable physician. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes in the middle of my chest mean high chance of cancer?

Lymph nodes in the middle of my chest mean high chance of cancer?

Perhaps: Abnormal lymph nodes anywhere in the body can be related to cancer. Visit your primary care physician or a medical oncologist to find out more. You might need a ct scan or a biopsy. ...Read more

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I had very low numbers in a grade 3, stage 3 er+ breast cancer (no lymph involvement), what are the chances of metastasis elsewhere?

I had very low numbers in a grade 3, stage 3 er+ breast cancer (no lymph involvement), what are the chances of metastasis elsewhere?

Not sure what..: ...You mean by "low numbers". If you truly had a stage 3, node negative cancer, it would be a t4n0m0 (stage iiib). Being er+ is good but a grade 3, stage 3 still has a fair risk of relapse. You need an aggressive approach with chemo, surgery, radiation, and endocrine therapy. My advise: do your best to complete therapy and do not focus too much in numbers or odds. Best 2u. ...Read more

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My mother has metastasis breast cancer along with ulcerated growth in the breasts. What is the survival rate?

My mother has metastasis breast cancer along with ulcerated growth in the breasts. What is the survival rate?

Need more info.: I am sorry to hear about your mother's diagnosis. This is hard to answer without knowing the specific biology of your mom's cancer and which organs are involved. Nowadays, we consider stage IV breast ca like a chronic illness; one we cannot cure, but we can often manage and control. If your mother consents, it would be best to pose this question to her cancer doctors. ...Read more

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After successful double mastectomy with no lymph node involvement what are my chances of breast cancer coming back in my brain, liver, lungs or ?

After successful double mastectomy with no lymph node involvement what are my chances of breast cancer coming back in my brain, liver, lungs or ?

Slight chance: Recurrence of breast cancer is dependent on the nature of the lesion resected in terms of size and hormone receptors. If the lesion was under 1 cm. and hormone receptor positive, with negative nodes after mastectomy cure rate should be in the 90%. Also when over the age of 60, results are better than if the condition were the same in a premenopausal 30 year old. ...Read more

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How much chances of getting cured in squamous cell carcinoma of neck which is in T3N1M0 stage?

How much chances of getting cured in squamous cell carcinoma of neck which is in T3N1M0 stage?

Discuss fully w/ Dr.: The good news is that it's not spread to other organs, but your jaw bone and nearby lymph node are involved - it's at Stage III and that is not minimal. But your doctor is the best to provide detailed prognosis based on treatment progress and response. Make sure you and a buddy understand the info and get all you need to plan Tx. Follow suggestions, get support and be hopeful. ...Read more

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What's the highest survival rate for malignant melanoma?

What's the highest survival rate for malignant melanoma?

Depends on depth: The prognosis for melanoma depends greatly on the stage at diagnosis. In the absence of spread to lymph nodes or other sites, the depth of the melanoma is the most important factor which predicts outcome. The deeper the tumor invades the more risk of it spreading/recurring. I caught early, melanoma is very curable. Discuss the case in question with your dermatologist or oncologist. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving a diagnosis of head and neck cancer?

What are the chances of surviving a diagnosis of head and neck cancer?

Depends: Head and neck cancer, since it usually presents earlier than other cancers, is in general quite treatable either by surgery, chemotherapy or radiation or a combination. The smaller the lesion the better the cure rates. It is rare for these cancers to be asymptomatic. Hoarseness, throat pain, trouble swallowing, ear pain and throat pain together all are warning symptoms. Smokers and drinkers beware. ...Read more

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Does eugenol increase or decrease the effect of radiotherapy in head and neck equamus cell cancer?

Does eugenol increase or decrease the effect of radiotherapy in head and neck  equamus cell cancer?

No effect known.: Eugenol is a chemical responsible for the aroma of cloves. It has many uses, including perfumery, flavoring, and in formulating insect attractants. It even kills human colon cancer cell lines in vitro. But it does not appear to have an effect on radiotherapy, let alone radiotherapy in head and neck squamous cell cancer. This is treated with radiotherapy and surgery and/or chemotherapy. ...Read more

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In stage 3 stomach cancer with 3 lymph nodes infected margin clear what is the survival rate with treatments of both chemo and radiation?

In stage 3 stomach cancer with 3 lymph nodes infected margin clear what is the survival rate with treatments of both chemo and radiation?

Yes.: Radiation therapy has been shown to improve survival in combination with chemotherapy after surgery for stomach cancer. Your local board-certified radiation and medical oncologists can provide more detailed explanations. ...Read more

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Idc in 1 breast...What is the percentage & time frame of getting cancer in other breast?

Idc in 1 breast...What is the percentage & time frame of getting cancer in other breast?

Can be hard to tell: A 2010 study looked at 100 cases of invasive ductal carcinoma and 50 cases of mixed ductal-lobular carcinoma. Mri was done on the opposite breast in 12 women, in each group. Mri found no cases of breast cancer in the opposite breast in the idc group, and found 1 case of in-situ (not invasive) breast cancer in the mixed ductal-lobular group. An oncologist can help look at studies for more results. ...Read more

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Mom has adenocarcinoma, stage4but not sure of the primary cancer.Has cancer in neck, spine, jaw, liver, lungs, lymph nodes&hips.1round chemo.How long2live?

Mom has adenocarcinoma, stage4but not sure of the primary cancer.Has cancer in neck, spine, jaw, liver, lungs, lymph nodes&hips.1round chemo.How long2live?

Discuss this issue: With her oncologist who knows best.God bless ur mom! http://m.Cancer.Org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/index?Sitearea=eto. ...Read more

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Red, raised rash on left side of neck. Right neck stiffness to shoulder blade. Feeling faint. Are these symptoms of concern? Heart rate 80. Temp 98.3.

Red, raised rash on left side of neck. Right neck stiffness to shoulder blade. Feeling faint. Are these symptoms of concern? Heart rate 80. Temp 98.3.

Perhaps: Cannot make diagnoses over internet without a full history and ability to examine you. Would need to see the rash to make sense of the description. Go and see a doctor and have this looked at. ...Read more

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Can a node inside collar bone enlarge 4-5 mm cause of wounds on neck and shoulders?

Can a node inside collar bone enlarge 4-5 mm cause of wounds on neck and shoulders?

Yes: If there is a clear infection in the area the lymph nodes react and they can be also painful not just larger. Hopefully your are treated appropriately as when the infections subsides the lymph nodes will go down in size. Keep and eye on the situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more