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ask: How quickly do squamous cell carcinomas grow, compared to other skin carcinomas?

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My father, age 91, has a squamous cell carcinoma underneath the inner corner of his right eye. He has seen an Oculoplastic Surgeon, who is recommending incision of the tumor, and then reconstructive surgery. This is a lot to put him through, so I wondered how quickly does this type of cancer grow? His overall health is not too bad, so he will probably live several more years. Is this "torture" worth doing at his age?

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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

That is an excellent question. Most importantly, what does your father want to do? Does he want to have the surgery?

To answer your question, according to the American Skin Association,"squamous cell carcinoma is generally a slow growing tumor that tends to grow without physical symptoms. However, some forms of this cancer may be fast growing and painful, especially when the lesions are large. "

Maryann

October 31, 2011 - 4:41pm
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