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Can squamous cell cancer be cured?

Can squamous cell cancer be cured?

Yes: It depends on the site of the cancer and stage of cancer. Squamous cell cancers of the skin are usually curable, but if in the lung, it is a much more lethal tumor. ...Read more

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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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What is oats cell cancer (small cell cancer)?

What is oats cell cancer (small cell cancer)?

Lung cancer: Small cell/oat cell carcinoma is one type of lung cancer. It tends to spread early and widely, often when the primary lesion itself may be small and barely detectable. It is usualy treated with chemotherapy. ...Read more

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How rare is merkel cell cancer?

How rare is merkel cell cancer?

Pretty rare: During a given year, maybe one person in 250, 000 in the usa gets a merkel cell cancer. The highest risk is in very old white people, with 3 in 100, 000 per year. ...Read more

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Is metastatic squamous cell carcinoma genetic?

Is metastatic squamous cell carcinoma genetic?

Genetic component?: There could be genetic component to a squamous cell cancer, although the exact implications on treatment aren't known. Obviously if there is a strong family history of cancers, or if it strikes someone who is young and/or a non smoker/drinker i would suspect a strong genetic contribution. Without more details, it is hard to say with any certainty. ...Read more

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Can merkel cell carcinoma be inherited?

Can merkel cell carcinoma be inherited?

Not inherited: Merkel cell carcinoma, a neuroendocrine tumor of the skin, is not inherited. The majority of these tumors in fact seem to be associated with a virus (merkel cell polyomavirus). ...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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What is poorly differentiated squamous cell cancer?

Very malignnt.: This is a kind of squamous cancer that is poorly organized, or has no resemblance to what squamous lining should look like. It follows that this is a very serious cancer that must be treated very aggressively for any chance of a favorable outcome. ...Read more

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Odds of germ cell cancer?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Odds of germ cell cancer?

Germ cell: Are you referring to testicular cancer? Or germ cell cancer of the ovary? The lifetime risk of developing testicular cancer is 1: 270 =0.37. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/lifetime-probability-of-developing-or-dying-from-cancer. ...Read more

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What exactly is squamous cell carcinoma lung cancer?

What exactly is squamous cell carcinoma lung cancer?

One type of cancer: There are a number of variants of lung cancer and these are named for their microscopic appearance, the main ones being: squamous cell, adenocarcinoma, small cell carcinoma and large cell carcinoma. In squamous cell cancer, the tumor cells resemble skin cells. This type of tumor is commonly seen in smokers. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of merkel cell cancer?

What are the symptoms of merkel cell cancer?

Painless skinnodule: Rare lethal skin cancer, rapidly spreads appear as painless fleshy skin nodule, in elderly, and in immuno suppressed individuals, arises from neuro endocrine cells of skin, resemble small cell cancers of lung by microscope.. ...Read more

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Can basal cell cancer spread?

Can basal cell cancer spread?

Yes, but unlikely: Basal cell cancers (bcc) are the most common type of cancer on the skin. While they can grow aggressively locally if neglected, they are very unlikely to spread elsewhere in the body. Most bccs can be treated with surgery, curretting, and certain ones can even be treated with a cream. Larger bccs and those in sensitive areas should be treatd by a fellowship trained mohs surgeon. ...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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Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Complicated question: Carcinoids are carcinomas, usually more slow growing than adenocarcinomas. For information in this topic you may consult this link: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/carcinoid-tumors#1 ...Read more

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What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

Bad situation: Small cell is a very bad cancer. Stage four is very advanced. Very poor prognosis at best-- usually months only. ...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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Can small cell cancer recur?

Yes: Short answer: yes. Small cell lung cancer is staged as either limited stage (fits within a radiation field for treatment) or extensive stage. It tends to respond well to treatment, but recur. ...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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Where can squamous cell cancers develop?

Skin & other sites.: Squamous refers to the type of cancer as determined by microscopic appearance. They are common in the skin. The other sites are often smoking related and include head and neck, lung, esophagus and anus. Other sites also are rarely seen. ...Read more

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Are kidney cancer cells different from breast cancer cells and lung cancer cells?

Are kidney cancer cells different from breast cancer cells and lung cancer cells?

Quite Different: These 3 different cancers are actually quite different. Under the microscope they look different, and the types of mutations they have are also different. As a result, the way the different cancers are treated are also different. Generally speaking for kidney cancer they would use targeted therapies or immunotherapies instead of chemotherapy or hormone therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Whitman
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Merkel Cell Cancer (Definition)

Merkel-cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare and highly aggressive form of skin cancer. in most cases, is caused by the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV). It serves as cutaneous neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin is mostly seen on skin of face as a pink or red nodule and metastasizes rapidly like an aggressive melanoma. It does respond fairly well to wide excision when ...Read more