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Old 01-17-2011, 09:41 AM   #1
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"minor squamous cells cancer"....????

We just got a phone call telling us that my husband's biopsy revealed a "minor squamous cell carcinoma". Predictably, he doesn't want to discuss it and I am falling apart. When they say "minor" does that mean not very serious?

The biopsy was of a scaly red patch about 3/8" that he had on his hand. The patch has already been removed but now he is going back to the clinic and they're going to remove more tissue around the hole they scraped before to be sure they got it all.

Does this sound like what they call "Bowen's Disease"? Has anyone else experienced this?

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Old 01-17-2011, 10:06 AM   #2
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Re: "minor squamous cells cancer"....????

what do they mean by "if you catch it quickly"? A week? A month? A year? What does "quickly" mean?

Old 01-22-2011, 12:49 PM   #3
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Re: "minor squamous cells cancer"....????

I don't know about the disease you mentioned, but his cancer isn't life threatening (I'm not a doc) on his hand. If it was deep they would do a skin graft. I had a very minor one on my nose at 30 and the doc just kinda shaved it off and it never came back in over 10 years.
I guess basal and squamous cancers can do damage if they go deep enough but it isn't like melanoma. Once it is removed and they've gotten it all that's it.

Did the doctor say anything about Bowen's?

Please don't fall apart. Just do some research, your hubby probably doesn't know anymore than you at this point.

Good Luck!

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Old 03-15-2011, 07:47 PM   #4
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Re: "minor squamous cells cancer"....????

Hello, I have had Bowen's , Squamous cell and Basal Cell Carcinoma. My Father also had Bowen's. I also had a rare Squamous Cell Vaginal Carcinoma NON HPV. I am a patient at MD Anderson and doing great.

He needs followup and all should be well. It can be pesky and needs close follow up. Catching it early is important.

Has he been exposed to Arsenic in water or due to a job? There is a link to Arsenic and Bowen's.
Good luck to you. It is hard to find good factual information on Bowen's on thei Internet.

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