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What are the odds of a squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?

What are the odds of a squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?

Very high: Neglected sqamous cell skin cancer is a very lethal lesion. It rapidly penetrates to deeper layers of skin , spread to regional lymph nodes. Early detection and wide excision will assure cure if you see a non healing ulcer seek the help of your physician for early diagnosis and cure. ...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 the likelihood of squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?

Depends: Most squamous cancers of the skin do not metastasize but some do. Many factors involved including the size of the tumor, its location, and microscopic appearance. ...Read more

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What is the probability of squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?

Rare but happens: While basal cell skin cancers almost never metastasize to lymph nodes, squamous cell cancers do, but rarely. ...Read more

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Swollen groing lymph nodes and elevated ANA. Is ANA an indicator of cancer? I read both ANA and swollen lymph nodes can be due to melanoma.

Swollen groing lymph  nodes and elevated ANA.  Is ANA an indicator of cancer?  I read both ANA and swollen lymph nodes can be due to melanoma.

Elevated ANA.: In and of itself, an elevated ANA is not suggestive of cancer. It usually represents the possibility of an inflammatory condition, such as lupus. If the lymph nodes are accessible, and they've been there for a few weeks at this point, then they should be taken out for evaluation in the lab (excisional biopsy). ...Read more

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Can melanoma that spread to lymph nodes be cured ?(head)

Can melanoma that spread to lymph nodes be cured ?(head)

Yes!: Melanoma has about 50% probability of cure as long as it has only spread to the regional lymph nodes. The number of nodes affected by tumor will determine the risk of relapse and the odds of achieving cure . ...Read more

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If I had a melanoma on the back of my neck and it spread, which specific type of neck lymph nodes would it likely first spread to?

If I had a melanoma on the back of my neck and it spread, which specific type of neck lymph nodes would it likely first spread to?

Sentinel node: If surgical exploration is needed to look for lymph node draining the site of the lesion, a dye or radioactive isotope is injected at the site of the lesion and the dye or radioactivity is tracked to identify the first lymph node where the marker ends up. ...Read more

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If I were to scratch off a melanoma would it visibly grow back before spreading to my lymph nodes/organs? How likely is it if it doesn't?

If I were to scratch off a melanoma would it visibly grow back before spreading to my lymph nodes/organs? How likely is it if it doesn't?

Unclear question: How do you know that you have a melanoma? Melanoma is a cancer of the skin. If you mean a mole, it is a bad idea to scratch it. If you have concern about melanoma, see your doctor. Please consult this site information on this topic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/melanoma/basics/definition/con-20026009 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How many lymph nodes are affected with melanoma?

How many lymph nodes are affected with melanoma?

Hopefully none: If caught early enough, no nodes will be involved, and excision of the cancer site will be curative. Sentinal lymph node biopsy can be helpful to determine if a more extensive lymph node removal needs to be considered. Seek out an established melanoma treatment center or at least a surgeon well versed in melanoma treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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