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Squamous Cell Carcinoma Forehead
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
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
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
Non healing: Red ulcer, may be painful, does not have to be. Tends to grow outward radially and burrow deeper. Do not delay. See plastic or derm surgeon. ...Read more
Not really: Not necessarily. It could appear suddenly and grow rapidly. But then it will reach a certain size then it will stop growing, and then regress weeks to months later. As long as it is contained, localized in the skin- surgical resection will take care of that. However if it has metastasized (which is not common) -then it will give you problem. ...Read more
Different cell types: Melanomas originate from pigment producing cells called melanocytes, whereas squamous cell carcinomas from squamous cells in the skin. They appear different clinically. The former most frequently have irregular borders and many shades of brown, whereas the latter is often red scaly crusty plaques. However, rarely melanomas can loose their pigment and look like squamous cell ca. ...Read more
Different origins: Skin cancers are named for the type of skin cell that they develop from. A basal cell is generally a less dangerous tumor unless it is near an opening such as the nose, eye or ear. The squamous cell is more serious, requires a more aggressive surgical removal, and will sometimes spread inside the body (metastasize). ...Read more
It can: Esophageal cancer is very serious, and is a difficult cancer to treat. For your type, there's debate about the best treatment strategy (surgery vs chemoradiation vs all 3). Your specific prognosis will depend on the stage of disease, but esophagus cancer is always quite serious. Best of luck to you. ...Read more
Squamous cancer: Why the delay. It may get bigger. See a plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Is cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma a common malignant tumour in all countries or just with light-skinned peoples?
Squamous cell carcinoma keratinizing? It danger or not in the urinary tract area? And how to solve it? Thank you anyway
Best sunscreen (please use name brand) for everyday? For swimming or beach walking? History of multiple squamous cell carcinoma.
Zinc, Titanium oxide: With a history of skin cancer, it is imperative to protect your skin at all times when outdoors. A sun block containing either zinc oxide or titanium oxide or both is mandatory (neutrogena sports). Also anthelios which contains mexoril a very powerful protective agent. ...Read more
Invasive moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma. What does this mean? Severe squamous dysphasia meaning also please.
Degree of dysplasia: Squamous cell carcinomas (scc) are categorized in well-, moderately-, and poorly- differentiated tumors based on histological criteria such as keratin production, cohesion of tumor cells, and nuclear and cellular dysplasia. Severe squamous dysplasia means in the context of invading scc that there was also scc-in situ, which is basically scc just before it invaded. ...Read more
I keep watching a white cover one side of my tongue past 4 months I think it is squamous cell carcinoma, NO INSURANCE. Prognosis if I let it happen?
Get seen!: We both know this is not normal! A university center with Oral Surgery near you may offer lots of free care because the government pays for the training. Otherwise call around- there is a good-hearted doc nearby. I had a friend die because she ignored a mouth lesion too long. Please don't let it happen to you! Whatever the bill may be, your life is worth more. Hoping it's nothing... ...Read more
Depends on site: Squamous cell carcinomas of the skin are usually slow growing and metastasize only infrequently. Squamous cell carcinomas of the lung are lethal and a majority of the patients are dead within a year. Squamous cell carcinomas of the esophagus, cervix, oro-pharynx etc fall in between. ...Read more
"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
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
Depends: Depends on where it started and how spread it is. ...Read more
Cyberknife is: Not surgery, not a knife. It is a linear accelerator placed on a robotic arm to deliver stereotactic radiotherapy in high but very accurate arcs or beams to ablate anatomic abnormalities. It does not care about cell type. You need to discuss if it is appropriate for your sq ca; what the alternatives are; adverse effects; cost; who pays. ...Read more
It depends: A low-grade squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth metastatic to one neck lymph node may get a cure. A low-grade lung cancer with bone metastases may kill in a few days by causing pneumonia, or be compatible with a few years' survival. In real life, no physician says, "you have thus-and-so long to live". I hope that you will cherish each day of life that you are given, living richly & loving well. ...Read more
Covered: Keep area covered and lubricated. Depending on rea avoid excessive movement. Do not wet area for about one week or until sutures are removed. Do not use any scar creams for the first 6- 8 weeks. Go to follow up visit, and go for routine visits to diagnosis an early skin changes. Use us screen and avoid mid day strong sun. ...Read more