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    Old 03-10-2005, 07:40 PM   #1
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    squamos cell cancer

    Can anyone tell me if squamos cell cancer can be stopped once it's diagnosed or is it totally fatal?

     
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    Old 03-10-2005, 08:59 PM   #2
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    Squamous cell cancer, if caught early, is one of the most curable types of cancer. Depending on where it is, you'll need some combination of surgery, chemotherapy and possibly radiation treatment, but the outcome is usually quite good.

    Squamous cell is very often a type of skin cancer, but it can also occur in other areas, such as the lining of the bladder. When it occurs in the skin, frequently surgery is the only thing necessary, especially if it hasn't invaded too far yet.

    I was treated for a cancer that had similarities to squamous cell (it was poorly differentiated, so they weren't sure, but squamous was what it most looked like). My cancer appeared as a lump in the groin, and not all of it could be removed through surgery. I had four rounds of chemo (carboplatin and taxol), and then 25 radiation treatments. This October I will celebrate my fourth year of recovery!

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    Old 03-11-2005, 03:50 PM   #3
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    My father in law died of squamos cell cancer. It was in his esophpgus. We were told that once it was diagnosed it couldn't be stopped and it was a very fast moving cancer. It only took a month for him to die after it was diagnosed. He had complained for quite some time about acid reflux and the doctors gave him nexium. his regular dr never sent him to a specialist and once he finally did was told there was nothing they could do.

     
    Old 03-11-2005, 03:53 PM   #4
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    My father in law died of squamos cell cancer. It was in his esophpgus. We were told that once it was diagnosed it couldn't be stopped and it was a very fast moving cancer. It only took a month for him to die after it was diagnosed. He had complained for quite some time about acid reflux and the doctors gave him nexium. his regular dr never sent him to a specialist and once he finally did was told there was nothing they could do.

     
    Old 03-13-2005, 04:16 PM   #5
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    I have squamous cell carcinoma and have received radiation and chemo now for six months. . My primary tumor was the base of my tongue, and it had moved to lymph nodes on either side of my neck. I am waiting to see if the cancer is gone, or will turn up elsewhere. So the answer is, no, squamous cell carcinoma is not immediately fatal - and in some cases can be cured. Good luck.

     
    Old 03-13-2005, 05:24 PM   #6
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    Thanks for this information. My late father in law's dr. told us it was a fast moving cancer and that once diagnosed it was fatal. We think he is wrong and knew for a long time but said nothing. PLEASE keep me updated on your condition and may God be with you.

     
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    Thanks for this information. My late father in law's dr. told us it was a fast moving cancer and that once diagnosed it was fatal. We think he is wrong and knew for a long time but said nothing. PLEASE keep me updated on your condition and may God be with you.

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    Old 03-13-2005, 06:47 PM   #8
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    I think it all depends on where it is located and when it is detected. My mom has non small cell squamous carcinoma (lung cancer) and even had it been caught early she was not a candidate for surgery. She has smoked most of her life. She did many rounds of chemo and also did radiation until scar tissue formed in her lung, the two together bought her much time though. I've posted several times talking about her (lot's of questions asked & sooo much information/encouragement given), she was originally given just 4-6 months and it has now been 20 months. We've been quite blessed. It's good to know that some instances of squamous can be cured, I've only read on what my mom has. God Bless.

     
    Old 04-05-2005, 09:18 AM   #9
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    my father died 2 years ago from squamos cell cancer of the throat it is a very fast moving cancer but caught early enough a good recovery can be made. he deid from a secondary cancer in the neck, so monitoring during remission periods is important.

    i found that Dr's tend to up the survival rate a few percent when they are talking figures apparently the base there survival figures on if people are syill alive 5 years after diagnosis so be very warry of what you are told.

    x good luck

     
    Old 04-09-2005, 07:22 PM   #10
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    I had an aggressive squamous cell cancer of the vocal cords. It was treated by radiation (33 treatments) and hasn't recurred in 6+ years.

    I don't know whether any cancer can be considered absolutely "cured", but doctors speak of cures after 5 years without recurrence. All I know is that so far it hasn't reappeared, and I have my throat checked regularly.

     
    Old 06-03-2005, 09:55 PM   #11
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    I am so tired.

    I have been posting for weeks on the Lyphoma forum about a HUGE lymph node I have in my neck.

    Today, I found a large sore on my tounge. Along the back and RIGHT side, same side as my huge node.

    Can you give me any help/ideas???

    I am SOOOOO scared.

    I am 36. Male. AND have never ever smoked or used tobacco.

     
    Old 06-03-2005, 10:08 PM   #12
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    Thousands of people get cancer who have never smoked. Cancer of any part of the body can be caused by many, many things including genetics. If I were you I would go to my doctor ASAP so he can send you to a specialist. It may or may not be cancer but if it is the longer you wait the less chance you will have for a cure.
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    Please go to an ENT. If its nothing at least go for peace of mind. If its something...finding it early helps alot. My friend who had a large lump on his neck let it go for a long time before getting it checked. By the time he did, it was stage 4 throat cancer. I'm not saying this is the case for you but the doc said had he found it earlier, the treatment wouldn't have been so tough.He was 37 years old. Please don't wait. It could be nothing, and I know what its like to drive yourself crazy with worry! Let us know!Schedule that appointment!Good luck!

     
    Old 07-19-2005, 08:15 PM   #14
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    Re: squamos cell cancer

    Hi,
    My husband had stage 4 squamous cell and it was on the base of his tongue and tonsil
    he received 6 weeks of induction chemo then 12 weeks of chemo and radiation. treament was harsh but he is celebrating 3 years cancer free and doing great!
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    Old 07-27-2005, 08:45 AM   #15
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    Re: squamous cell cancer

    I just became a member here and I do not know how to post a new note. I hope the reply button works. I started having pain in my throat last August and was diagnosed with reflux. An upper GI showed nothing was wrong with me. I went to several other doctors and had a throat CT, and head and neck MRI and a spinal tap. All were normal. Finally in January my palate became paralyzed and the doctors started taking me "a little bit" more seriously. Finally, after another very detailed MRI, I was diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma. I have had 35 intense radiation treatments along with some chemotherapy. A scan from a week ago shows no change in the tumour. The radiation oncologist thinks the treatment failed and is ready to look at other treatments. The medical oncologist thinks the scan was done too soon and that it 'lit up' because there is still swelling, etc. left from the treatments. My tongue is swollen, and I can't eat real food. So he thinks another scan later on will show that the treatment was a success. The ENT wants to do another biopsy (so do the oncologists, actually) to see if the tumour is active. I am living on an emotional roller coaster right now. One doc says my tongue is swollen because Cancer has invaded it, one doc says it takes a long time for the tongue to get better, and one doc is just hanging around. I guess the best lesson in this is to keep at them...they don't have all the answers. Other than my tongue pain, and a little bit of a sore throat, I feel fine. I am confused!

     
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