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Doctor insights on: Poorly Differentiated Squamous Cell Lung Cancer

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Could you explain what is non squamous cell lung cancer?

Could you explain what is non squamous cell lung cancer?

Broad category: There two main types of lung cancer, small cell and non-small cell. Squamous cell is one type of non-small cell lung cancer, so that leaves a large variety. See these sites for more info.

http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/non-small-cell-lung/patient/page1
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/lung-cancer/ds00038. ...Read more

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 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 is poorly differentiated squamous cell cancer?

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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What is recommended follow up for lung cancer (squamous 2a) after 5years?

What is recommended follow up for lung cancer (squamous 2a) after 5years?

Unclear: After 5 years the chance of recurrence is low. However, individuals who have had one lung cancer, are at risk for developing a separate, new unrelated lung cancer. Therefore surviviors after 5 years should probably get yearly low dose chest ct scans. ...Read more

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Hist chest pain and hemopsys. Normal CXR CT shows calcified hilar node. Ca of 10.8 now 9.7 Dr Doesn't think Squamus lung cancer no smoker Bronchoscopy?

Hist chest pain and hemopsys. Normal CXR CT shows calcified hilar node. Ca of 10.8 now 9.7 Dr Doesn't think Squamus lung cancer no smoker Bronchoscopy?

See below: Is this your PCP or pulmonologist saying this? There are many causes of enlarged hilar lymph nodes. Also, if it is calcified, that is usually just a sign of old granulomatous disease, like histoplasmosis. And at 31, that would be unusual to have lung cancer - not unheard of - but unusual. ...Read more

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Mom=cancer mets in lungs and liver. Prim tumor squamous cell in sm bowel. Chemo july to dec. Starting chemo again this week- can tocotrienals help?

Mom=cancer mets in lungs and liver. Prim tumor squamous cell in sm bowel. Chemo july to dec. Starting chemo again this week- can tocotrienals help?

Tocotrienols and CA: Tocotrienols are vitamin-e related chemicals called tocopherols and, as such, are powerful antioxidants which are known to have a wide variety of salubrious effects on blood vessel and skin integrity, and have been shown in many studies to have some positive effects on some cancers, although I cannot find any literature related to colon cancer. Check with her md about taking these with her meds. ...Read more

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I keep hearing nightmares about whrt got small cell lung cancer that can go to the brain mine already is in my brain I hav 10 tumors is whrt bad?

I keep hearing nightmares about whrt got small cell lung cancer that can go to the brain mine already is in my brain I hav 10 tumors is whrt bad?

Serious, treatable: Someone with this problem (small cell cancer that has spread to the brain) is facing a very very difficult and serious health issue. It really needs to be discussed with ones doctor. This can be treated, but the details of the expected outcomes and things like that really need to be talked over with one's personal doctor. Every situation is a little different. ...Read more

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Should I take a full strength of chemo. When only 1/3 of the strength causes bad chest pain I have only about 15% of my heart and 20% of my kidney. I have lung cancer, the no cell cancer, with each treatment it has affected my heart. But if I don't take t

Should I take a full strength of chemo. When only 1/3 of the strength causes bad chest pain I have only about 15% of my heart and 20% of my kidney. I have lung cancer, the no cell cancer, with each treatment it has affected my heart. But if I don't take t

It's a choice: Nobody can make this decision for you. It is important that you have an honest and open discussion with your cancer team. You will need to ask what are the reasonable expectations from treatment vs non-treatment? Ultimately, the question only you can answer, after thorough discussion with your team, "will treatment be worse then cancer? What quality of life can I expect after treatment? ". ...Read more

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Is poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma something that can be cured?

Is poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma something that can be cured?

Yes: Squamous cell Ca is a malignancy of tissues arising cutaneously (skin) and abutting internal structures such as bronchus and vagina/ cervix. High grade malignancies arising from such structures such as Ca of skin, bronchogenic Ca and cervix cancer can be cured iif not in metastatic phase, by wide resection, followed by RT - chemo when needed ...Read more

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My uncle (65 yrs) has focus of poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma at the base of the tongue. What does this mean?

My uncle (65 yrs) has focus of poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma at the base of the tongue. What does this mean?

Cancer: I'm sorry to hear about your uncle. Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of cancer that affects the head and neck. Risk factors for this cancer at the tongue base (the very back of your tongue) are tobacco, alcohol, and a virus called HPV. He should be seen by a head and neck surgeon to get further workup. The treatment depends on several factors such as the stage. ...Read more

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What is meant by "poorly differentiated" squamous cell carcinoma? Does that mean that it is at the initial stage?

What is meant by "poorly differentiated" squamous cell carcinoma? Does that mean that it is at the initial stage?

Pathologists use: Descriptive terms, now being replaced by molecular markers... Poorly differentiated signified more deranged cellular findings, and conveyed an indication of a higher malignant potential...Not verified, but worse than well-differentiated or moderately differentiated. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my uncle of age 65 yrs has focus of poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma at the base of the tongue he?

What do you suggest if my uncle of age 65 yrs has focus of poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma at the base of the tongue he?

Resection: Most squamous Ca's of the tongue are on the lateral anterior 2/3 of tongue. If in the posterior tongue, the approach is by transhyoid pharyngotomy followed by RT and chemo if tumor large. This is especially true if bilateral cervical nodal disease is present. ...Read more

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My husband was diagnosed with stage 2b non small cell lung cancer, had 2 lobes remov ed from right lung almost 2 months ago. Chemotherapy starts?

My husband was diagnosed with stage 2b non small cell lung cancer, had 2 lobes remov ed from right lung almost 2 months ago. Chemotherapy starts?

Depends: The need for further therapy is dictated by many factors. And it may be that your doctors feel no further chemotherapy is needed now. So it is best to ask the doctors what the next plan or stage of action is and go from there ...Read more

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I now have non small cell lung cancer as does my S.O. He also now has MRSA in his lungs and is in the hospital. Do I need to be concerned about myself having it?

I now have non small cell lung cancer as does my S.O. He also now has MRSA in his lungs and is in the hospital. Do I need to be concerned about myself having it?

In the absence of: An active infection in you there is not much you could do about it except maintain strict isolation precautions as is probably enforced in the hospital. Odds are you are already colonized and in equilibrium with the organism for now. Antibiotic therapy is not indicated for you in the absence of an active infection. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat small cell lung cancer?

What can you do to treat small cell lung cancer?

Non surgical: Once cell type determined, surgery is not usual.
Chemo/ radiation as to location etc. ...Read more

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How likely is it that small cell lung cancer will return?

How likely is it that small cell lung cancer will return?

Quite likely: Quite likely, unfortunately. Small cell lung cancer is considered spread at the time of diagnosis, that is why surgery is usually not an option. Some patients may have a complete remission with treatment, but in most cases it returns. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Differentiated (Definition)

The process by which cells become progressively more specialized; a normal process through which cells mature. This process of specialization for the cell comes at the expense of its breadth of potential. Stem cells can, for example, differentiate into secretory ...Read more