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Can facial squamous cell cancer lead to brain cancer even if the initial surgery was successful?
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Dr. Cliff Robinson
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not usually.
If a skin cancer is deeply invasive through the skull, it can sometime grow into the brain.
Sometimes a tumor can crawl along the nerves back into the brain, but this is more common with tumors like adenoid cystic carcinoma. Lastly, a tumor may spread into the blood and eventually land in the brain. All of these are uncommon, but depend on the stage and grade of the tumor.

In brief: Not usually.
If a skin cancer is deeply invasive through the skull, it can sometime grow into the brain.
Sometimes a tumor can crawl along the nerves back into the brain, but this is more common with tumors like adenoid cystic carcinoma. Lastly, a tumor may spread into the blood and eventually land in the brain. All of these are uncommon, but depend on the stage and grade of the tumor.
Dr. Cliff Robinson
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Dr. Brandon Scott
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Very rare
Squamous cell cancer very rarely goes to the brain especially if successfully removed without extensive involvement.
There is a possibility yet a very very small one.

In brief: Very rare
Squamous cell cancer very rarely goes to the brain especially if successfully removed without extensive involvement.
There is a possibility yet a very very small one.
Dr. Brandon Scott
Dr. Brandon Scott
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