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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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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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Invasive non keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma tongue showing nests of malignant squamous cells grade 3 prognosis?

Invasive non keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma tongue showing nests of malignant squamous cells grade 3 prognosis?

Can be cured: If no nodes palpable and lesion localized, RT chemo can reduce size and position site for curative resection. Partial glossectomy after initial therapy. If larger and not responsive to chemo, Ive used hight dose MTX with citrovorum factor over 12 hrs. Most effective in presence of nodal disease Basic chemo is Platinum/Taxol + RT ...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 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 59yr dad diagnosis w ventral tongue squamous cell carcinoma. E.N.T dr to schedule symptoms for next week is it a good plan to have an oncologist assist with sx?

My 59yr dad diagnosis w ventral tongue squamous cell carcinoma. E.N.T dr to schedule symptoms for next week is it a good plan to have an oncologist assist with sx?

ENT surgeons and onc: An ENT doctor can do the surgery for cancer of the tongue. But you need to engage a medical oncologist prior to surgery and seek his/her input about the need for chemotherapy prior to surgery. The best plans for cancer treatment require a team of surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist, all working together and plan treatment together and not one at a time. ...Read more

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Cancer; squamous cell carcinoma of the floor of the mouth, second occurcence and the danger`s involved, what do you suggest?

Cancer; squamous cell carcinoma of the floor of the mouth, second occurcence and the danger`s involved, what do you suggest?

Some ideas: If you are still smoking or using smokeless tobacco, stop. A recurrent cancer must be treated on an individual basis depending on how far it has gotten and what the pathologist found. I see you're only 35 years old and this makes your case atypical. Try to get to a cancer center that handles a lot of these cases. ...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?

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?

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

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...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