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what does Squamous cell carcinoma lung cancer affect?

Who does it affect?

It affects people of all kinds.
usually smokers, or people who have worked in constuction or woodworking. i really dont know why. i just know thats what they told my dad; and its kind of weird casue he had never did construction or woodworking.  (+ info)

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

Elizabeth - Not necessarily so. If no treatment is given, the answer would be yes, but if the cancer has only local invasion, not involving any distant body locations, cure is possible. Surgery to remove the cancer can be used alone or in combination with other treatments. Operations used to treat esophageal cancer include surgery to remove very small tumors. If the cancer is very small, confined to the superficial layers of your esophagus and hasn't spread, the surgeon may recommend removing the cancer and margin of healthy tissue that surrounds it. Surgery for very early-stage cancers can be done using an endoscope passed down the throat and into the esophagus to access the cancer. Chemotherapy drugs are typically used before or after surgery in people with esophageal cancer. Chemotherapy can also be combined with radiation therapy. In people with advanced cancer that has spread beyond the esophagus, chemotherapy may be used alone to help relieve signs and symptoms caused by the cancer.
Radiation therapy is most often combined with chemotherapy in people with esophageal cancer. It can be used before or after surgery. Clinical trials are research studies testing the newest cancer treatments and new ways of using existing cancer treatments.  (+ info)

How is Squamous cell carcinoma lung cancer cause?

Usually through constant irritation of the lining of the lungs ie through smoking, exposure to asbestos, history of copd etc.  (+ info)

What is considered "Early detection" with Squamous Cell Carcinoma (skin cancer)?

I keep seeing that the prognosis for SCC is fairly high if found early... what to doctors consider to be an early found cancer sight? In a range of time please. Is it past 6 months or below?

Whether or not cancer is found early is not determined by time, but by stage of disease. SCC of the skin is common and usually slow growing.  (+ info)

is there any person can inform me about SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA of tongue ?

1. Is there any phatology expertise around indonesia who can help me?
2. any hospital suggestion for the best cured?
3. thank you for all best friends

The person needs surgery. I don’t know anything about the healthcare system in Indonesia. Maybe you should try asking in their section.  (+ info)

radiation or surgery to treat anal cancer stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma?

i would go with surgery first. something a lot of people dont realize is the long term effects and permenant damage that are done by radiation, particularly in that region of your body. you want to minimize the radiation you have to have b/c i have yet to meet someone who has had radiation that hasn't had long term effects from it and i belong to a cancer support group. good luck!  (+ info)

what is better trament for squamous cell carcinoma of old female lower third of esophagus in?

better treatment is surgery or chemoradiotherapy.this patient have mild cardiomegaly mild hypothyroidism mild renal dysfunction (creatinine=1.4)and hemiparalysis from childhood period due to polyomyelitis

Depends upon the stage at which she was diagnosed, whether she is a tobacco smoker or if this cancer was caused by GERD (gastric reflux) and also whether the intent is to cure or to provide palliative treatment.

Most likely the ideal treatment would be surgery followed by radiotherapy but without more information this is just a general statement and does not speak to the specific situation.
Here are some links that might be helpful.
good luck



http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/esophageal/patient  (+ info)

Skin Cancer, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma?

What kind of treatment is the best for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma? I am 30 years old, and have been diagnosed with both of these cancers and my doctor told me that we are going to talk this week about the different treatment opitions, creams, freezing and burning?? I would like to know the side effects and opitions I have, I am l eaning towards the cream, easy and I can do this at home I have small children and need to be with them. ty

I'm guessing that these are both skin cancers as squamous cell can be found elsewhere in the body.

If you have been diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma it needs to be removed. Depending on where it is either a dermatologist/minor ops doctor or plastic suregeon will do it for you. Requires a local anaesthetic with an oval incision around the area but will be larger than the cancer to ensure all of it is removed. You will then find out the histology (someone looks down a microscope) results a few weeks later. A squamous cell carcinoma requires removal due to a very very small risk of it spreading to other organs. Takes about 10-15 minutes to remove, can go home same day.

The basal cell carcinoma has no chance of spreading. For these you can use creams and freezing. Cryotherapy or freezing is done with liquid nitrogren by the GP/dermatologist and is the same stuff used for warts/varrucas. Very quick, a little painful at the time and can go home later. You will have to have several follow up appointments until the cancer has gone away.

Alternatively you can use creams. If you have a whole area of basal cell carcinomas then you can apply a cream over the area. However be warned that certain creams are so powerful at removing cancer they will also burn your skin. You will experience a few weeks of very red painful skin over the application area but this will heal 100%. And I am repeatedly told that the skin comes back baby soft. You just have to deal with the few weeks of red skin.

And of course you can also have a basal cell carcinoma removed surgically like the squamous cell.

All these treatments shouldn't impact too mcuh on life with your kids. And if you have these two cancers then you need to keep an eye on all of your skin, particularly all of your moles. Any change in shape, colour, texture, size or if they bleed or become itchy requires a doctor to have a look at them. Now you've had these ones you are at increased risk of developing more. If increased sun exposure/UV radiation is the cause of your issues you need to watch out for malignant melanoma which is the one you don't want. But regular self-monitoring is all that is needed.  (+ info)

dr who knows about in vasive squamous cell carcinoma?

specimen is received in formallin and consists of 6 irregular and fragmented piecces of soft to elastic tissue some with coarse granular surface measuring from 0.2up to 1,2cm in max. diameter aggregating to 1.5x1x0.5cm. it is submitted in toto in 2 blocks.

Invasive squamous cell carcinoma is a very common cancer that can be treated by any good cancer specialist.

First treatment is surgery with wide clear margins. Additional treatments are chosen specific to the patient's situation and health. Radiation is used frequently. Isolated limb perfusion of various chemotherapy drugs is sometimes used. Aldara might be used post surgery. It all depends on the situation.

Here is a description of a Canadian approach to treating invasive SCC.


That is a large SCC. I suggest you seek aggressive treatment as soon as possible.

good luck  (+ info)

squamous cell carcinoma - fighting skin cancer?

My father was dropped a bombshell just the other day with something that makes no sense to me:

- squamous cell carcinoma with perineural invasion -

It's bad and he's been given a short time limit. Is there anything we can do to fight this or at least stall it for a while longer? Does anyone know of anyone who has survived this form of cancer?

We don't plan to take this lightly and will pursue every chance.

Any advice and info would be greatly appreciated by those with knowledge and experience.

Thank you!

What you are saying doesn’t make a lot of sense to me either and I do not think accurate information is being relayed to you. I think you need to be present during your father’s doctor appointments to be sure you are getting correct information. Simply having a diagnosis of SCC with perineural invasion or not, does not indicate a short time to live. What stage is your father’s cancer? This makes all the difference in the world. Metastases including to the regional lymph nodes, occurs in less than 35% of all SCC cases.

Surgical resection is the primary treatment for any skin cancer. It is fine to have a biopsy done by a dermatologist, but surgery is only done by a surgeon, not a dermatologist or a GP. There are several surgical techniques used with skin cancer and several factors are used to determine which technique is best for a particular case.

You are not giving much information to steer you in the right direction. However, perineural invasion is one of several indicators of recurrence and/or a more aggressive disease.

I suggest you discuss with your father’s doctors the possibility of using a Mohs surgery, especially if the cancer is on his face. With this method the tumor is microscopically mapped after it is excised and has a very high success rate of about 95%. You should be sure the surgeon is experienced in this procedure. If your father lives in a less populated area he may have to go to a larger city or a teaching facility to find an experienced surgeon.

Radiation therapy can actually be contradicted in some skin cancer cases as it may induce tumors in the area being treated, your father’s doctors would know if this is possible in your father’s case. However, radiation is often reserved for unusually aggressive SCC. X-rays are never used to treat any type of cancer. Hope this gives you a staring point. Best wishes to you and your dad.  (+ info)

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