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Doctor insights on: Sqaumous Cell Carcinoma

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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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Can you tell me if either squamous or basal cell carcinomas blanch?

Can you tell me if either squamous or basal cell carcinomas blanch?

Usually not: Skin lesions that "blanch" mean the color goes out of them when you press a glass slide on the lesion. This occurs in lesions that get their color from blood supply. Usually skin cancers don't blanch. Squamous cell carcinomas are usually scaly and basal cell carcinomas look like a nodule with a little bite out of the center. Blanching or not, the only way to tell for sure is a biopsy. ...Read more

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Are squamous cell carcinomas indicitive of other cancers present in the body?

Are squamous cell carcinomas indicitive of other cancers present in the body?

No: You may be thinking of the sign of leser-trelat, in which numerous seborrheic keratoses pop up all-of-a-sudden; there's often a hidden colon cancer. These are a different skin lesion. ...Read more

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What is squamous cell carcinoma like?

What is squamous cell carcinoma like?

The description is: The way cells look under the microscope, like 'tiles'. What it is "like" depends on where it arises: from skin, from cervix, from lung, from esophagus. Skin is very common: it can be a non-heainin, enlarging oozing sore. ...Read more

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What is vasive squamous cell carcinoma?

What is vasive squamous cell carcinoma?

"Invasive" - deeper: Skin squamous cell carcinoma (scc) often goes through stages of evolution on its way to becoming "invasive" and eventually metastasizing. It may begin as an area of sun damage or pre-cancer (actinic keratosis) and worsen to become a superficial scc that does not yet invade deeper (scc in situ). Eventually, the scc will start to go deeper and become "invasive", then metastasize if left unchecked. ...Read more

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Can you explain squamous cell carcinoma?

Can you explain squamous cell carcinoma?

SCC: Squamous cells are normal epithelial cells present in a layer of the skin called the epidermis. When the architecture of the cell is distorted, severely disorganized, and has uninhibited growth, it becomes a cancer. ...Read more

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Can children get squamous cell carcinoma?

Can children get squamous cell carcinoma?

Very rarely: Squamous cell carcinomas are uncommon in children. When diagnosed in young individuals, there is usually a predisposing factor like immunosuppression (transplant patients), previous exposure to radiation or chemotherapy, or human papilloma virus infection. Squamous cell cancers of the skin usually takes years of ultraviolet light exposure before appearing at an average age of 65. ...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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What does squamous cell carcinoma mean to you?

What does squamous cell carcinoma mean to you?

Subtype of cancer: It only means-a subtype of cancer. Nothing much. The treatment, prognosis etc- will depend on where is this cancer located primarily? , what is the stage ( how big it is? Any lymph node or adjacent tissue involvement? Any spreading to distant organ? Etc. If you smoke tobacco and drink alcohol- you need to quit. Please discuss in detail with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Does invasive squamous cell carcinoma spread quickly?

Depends: Origin of cancer is very important. If skin, usually not unless large, ulcerated lesion. Depending on site, stage at presentation then plays a role. Squamous cancers can origin wherever there is skin lining with then resultant pattern of spread so tough to say more. ...Read more