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.

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How much chances of getting cured in squamous cell carcinoma of neck which is in T3N1M0 stage?

Discuss fully w/ Dr. The good news is that it's not spread to other organs, but your jaw bone and nearby lymph node are involved - it's at Stage III and that is not minimal. But your doctor is the best to provide detailed prognosis based on treatment progress and response. Make sure you and a buddy understand the info and get all you need to plan Tx. Follow suggestions, get support and be hopeful. Read more...

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

Excision BETTER. A complete excision (cut out) will provide the precise pathology of a skin cancer. The problem with biopsy is a 'sampling error' may miss the exact pathology. Read more...
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...

How often does Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin metastasize? Pls don't say "not often". Ie. 1%, 2%, etc is what I am wondering- thanks

Rarely! I would say the chances of metastases are somewhere between 1% or less. It depends on the degree of differentiation and the size of the primary lesion before it was removed. Poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinomas , if more than 1-2 cm in size have a higher risk for metastases...up to 5% to 10%. I hope this helps. Send us the pathology report, then we can be more exacting in our response. Read more...

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...