What Happens When Squamous Cell Carcinoma Spreads?

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Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is highly treatable and usually curable when detected early. However, without proper treatment, it can eventually spread to other parts of the body through a process called metastasis.

What Is Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Metastatic squamous cell carcinoma has spread to another part of the body. While not common, it is a serious complication that should be taken seriously. The first place SCC spreads to is the regional lymph nodes, which will vary depending on where your SCC is located.

For example, someone with SCC on the scalp would see the cancer first spread to lymph nodes around the ears.

The risk of squamous cell carcinoma spreading is higher if your cancer affects mucous membranes, such as the lips, or occurs in someone who has a weakened immune system. Organ recipients and patients with autoimmune disorders are at a greater risk of complications.

The best way to prevent any cancer from spreading is to seek treatment immediately. When it comes to skin cancer, annual preventive screenings are highly effective at catching squamous cell carcinoma early. You should also reach out to a dermatologist whenever you notice changes to your skin, such as red patches, dark spots, and new growths.

Treatment Options

If SCC spreads, urgent treatment is vital to preventing life-threatening complications. Patients will need to undergo chemotherapy and radiation and, in advanced cases, take immunotherapy medications.

Freezing, scraping, or excising the squamous cell carcinoma is important to prevent further spread. The doctor wants to make sure cancerous cells are completely removed. The cure rate for first-time SCC is 99 percent.

Work With a Florida Dermatologist

Nothing is more important than your health. If you suspect you may have skin cancer, please do not wait to seek treatment. Our compassionate team of experienced skin doctors prioritizes your safety and health. Using leading technology and clinically supported treatments, they can provide the personalized care you deserve.

Please request an appointment online using our contact page or call one of our offices. Our Naples office is reachable at 239-596-1848; you can call our Fort Myers practice at 239-936-3344.


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