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Is stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck always incurable?

Is stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck always incurable?

No.: Stage iva head and neck cancer is usually curable. If it is confined to the primary site (example base of tongue) and spread only to neck lymph nodes, it can be cured with radiation/chemo, sometimes surgery added. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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 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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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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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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What does squamous cell carcinoma on the nose look like?

What does squamous cell carcinoma on the nose look like?

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

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Is squamous cell carcinoma keratoacanthoma variant deadly?

Is squamous cell carcinoma keratoacanthoma variant deadly?

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

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What are the differences between melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma?

What are the differences between melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma?

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

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What is the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

What is the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

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

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Can invasive moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma of esophagus lead to death?

Can invasive moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma of esophagus lead to death?

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

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Squamous cell carcinoma keratinizing? It danger or not in the urinary tract area? And how to solve it? Thank you anyway

Squamous cell carcinoma keratinizing? It danger or not in the urinary tract area? And how to solve it? Thank you anyway

Yes it is: It is definitely a bad cancer. You need to go seek a consultation/second opinion with a urologist, preferably at a major cancer center convenient to you. Unless you haev seen 2 urologist, you would not know what is your best treatment option (s). ...Read more

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Best sunscreen (please use name brand) for everyday? For swimming or beach walking? History of multiple squamous cell carcinoma.

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

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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

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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?

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

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What is squamous cell carcinoma like?

What is squamous cell carcinoma like?

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

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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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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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How do a squamous cell and squamous cell carcinoma differ?

How do a squamous cell and squamous cell carcinoma differ?

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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What is the squamous cell carcinoma keratinizing meaning? And is that danger or not?

What is the squamous cell carcinoma keratinizing meaning? And is that danger or not?

Squamous cell: Depends on the location. On the skin, a squamous cell carcinoma is usually easily treated by excision. A squamous cell of the lung or of the head and neck is a totally different animal and very very serious. ...Read more

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How risky is squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil?

Depends: Early stage tonsil cancer due to hpv has a relatively good prognosis. Advanced cancer due to smoking, and alcohol has worse outcome. See this site for more information on oral cancers.
http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/oropharyngeal/healthprofessional. ...Read more

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Can cyberknife surgery be used for squamous cell carcinoma?

Can cyberknife surgery be used for squamous cell carcinoma?

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

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Is there a defiinite cure for stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma?

Is there a defiinite cure for stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma?

Need clarification: Stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma of ----? What organ? What kind of cancer? Cervical? Head and neck cancer? Esophageal cancer? Lung cancer? Anal cancer? ...Read more

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Can a biopsy show how aggressive squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is?

Can a biopsy show how aggressive squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is?

Yes: The borders, the extent of invasion, the depth of invasion, if there is perineural (around nerves), intravascular (within vessels), mitoses (number of division bodies), and if there is necrosis (cell death): these are all measures of how agressive a cancer is. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone who has metastatic squamous cell carcinoma?

What is the life expectancy of someone who has metastatic squamous cell carcinoma?

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

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How should I take care of my skin if I have had excision of squamous cell carcinoma?

How should I take care of my skin if I have had excision of squamous cell carcinoma?

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

Dr. John Ebner
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Squamous Cell Cancer (Definition)

By definition, these mimic the squamous epithelial surfaces of the body that provide protection. Keratin pearls, prominent desmosomes, apoptosis of individual cells, staining for the distinctive molecules in these surfaces all help ...Read more


Squamous Cell (Definition)

Describes the tile like architecture of cells; however, their behavior is deranged, nuclei irregualrly enlarged and ...Read more