Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer that occurs in the areas of the body having excess UV rays. The common sun-exposed sites in the body are the head, neck, chest, ears, lips, arms, and hands. Its symptoms vary depending on the location. It is treated by Mohs surgery, cryosurgery, and laser surgery.

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Do I need a needle biopsy for painless hard lump in tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old woman with history of smoking. I have lump inside my tongue for the past two years. The lump is not reaching the surface is just inside. I think it got bigger over the time but not rapidly. It is 6 mm big. I went to a doctor and they made a sonogram. The lump is in th...  Read Full »


Dr. Vikas T. Talreja

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. May I look at lesion for better diagnosis and treatment, which includes a lot of differential diagnosis. White or red oral lesions include benign lesions (e.g., morsicatio buccarum and frictional keratosis, white sponge nevus [WSN]), benign lesions with malignant potent...  Read Full »

Does radiation therapy increase the risk of melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, 21 years ago, my friend had radiation therapy for a very small breast cancer. In the recent years, breast areola becomes dry. Biopsies revealed no cancer. She was followed closely by an oncologist and a dermatologist with number of tests. Recently, a mole appeared in the areola region. Th...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Post radiation therapy, the skin does suffer a burnt both immediate as well as on a long term. Dryness, itching leading to oozing and crusting are very common complaints after radiotherapy and can start as late as 15 to 20 years too after the treatment. Radiation ther...  Read Full »

Is surgery really required for squamous cell carcinoma of tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (tongue) after biopsy report. I have completed PET scan, CT scan, and biopsy. I want advise on the treatment plan. Is surgery really required for good results?  Read Full »


Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient's identity). My diagnosis is squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue with probably neck nodes involvement. The lesion is quite large, crossing the midline and touching the alveolus. At this stage,...  Read Full »

Operated for cervical cancer. Explain about the current stage of the tumor?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother was operated on for cervical cancer (Wertheim's Hysterectomy). The operation was successful, and she is fine and recovering. After the surgical biopsy, they declared it stage 2B. Further, we sent her slides to the laboratory for review, and there they found the left parametriu...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through the reports and my opinion is as follows: Diagnosis is that of squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix, moderately differentiated, non-keratinizing type. Your mother has undergone Wertheim's hysterectomy, also called radical hysterectomy. This is the su...  Read Full »

When are the chances of recurrence high in cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I just found out I have squamous cell skin cancer on my thumb and nail that has moved to my thumb bone. Most skin on my thumb tip to nail bed is gone, and bone is exposed on the inside half of my thumb. How bad is this, and please do not hold back?  Read Full »


Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and will help you with it. Various factors like the stage, grade, location, any co-morbid conditions determine the overall prognosis of the squamous cell carcinoma. Diameter of more than 2 cm doubles the risk of recurrence while tripling t...  Read Full »

Report shows squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue. Please suggest what to do.

Query: Hi doctor,My mom had gone through a biopsy, and the report came today. The report shows SCC - well-differentiated invasive on the right lateral side of the tongue. My uncle died from leukemia. She also has nephropathy, t2DM, and hypertension. She has been taking medicines for the past 12 years. GFR ...  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The biopsy (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows tongue cancer. So, now she has to undergo further investigations such as CT (computed tomography) or PET (positron emission tomography) scan to rule out metastasis (cancer spread to any other part). Af...  Read Full »

What is the prognosis of recurrent squamous cell carcinoma?

Query: Hi doctor, My father has been a patient of recurrent local squamous cell carcinoma. In the last one and half years, he has been operated for cystoprostatectomy and urethrectomy with an ileal conduit for urine bypass followed by lymphonodectomy. After all these surgeries, he had a recurrence seven mo...  Read Full »


Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the information and the biopsy report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Please understand that this pathological report is incomplete, so it is difficult to advise you the further course of therapy. In fact, further therapy will depend on...  Read Full »

What can be done to treat my grandfather's recurrent well-differentiated form of throat cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to know how serious is my grandfather's cancer. I do not have a lot of details, and I am away from home. He had throat cancer 15 years back. Now from the past two months, he was having breathing problems and extreme weakness, so the doctors did a tracheotomy to help with it. Now...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Squamous cell carcinoma itself has a better prognosis. It also depends upon the stage of cancer. Given the fact that he has a well-differentiated form of squamous cell carcinoma, his prognosis is relatively fair. It would be very helpful if you can provide more informatio...  Read Full »

I have a sore on my leg for a long time with a history of cancer. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have sore on my leg for a long time. More than a year, I did shave part of my leg at one point. It became like a sore, but I have a strong history of cancer.  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case. In my opinion, your lesion should be biopsied as early as possible as you have a long-standing history of cutaneous cancer, and I fear it could be slow-growing skin cancer. I have two to three differential diagnosis. 1. Nodular squamou...  Read Full »

Will esophageal cancer be cured with surgery?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother is suffering from cancer of the esophagus. I have attached her reports, and she does not want to go through radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Can it be treated through surgery¬†only? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your provided images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Thanks for uploading all of them. It is very easy for a doctor to say the patient denied chemotherapy and radiotherapy and took responsibility for the same. Hence, the outcome of the tr...  Read Full »

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