Jun 23, 2009 - 4:58 pm
Hi Everyone~ This is my first post here, I just found this community a few days ago. It seems like a very welcoming place to go for information and experiences.
I had a very small squamous cell tumor removed from my face a few weeks ago. She said the margins were clear and I'm not doing any systemic chemo or radiation for that. I am in the middle of a course of topical Efudex to kill off any remaining squamous cells and aktinic keratosis that remain. My face looks horrible and it's pretty miserable.
But in reading here, it seems that most folks with squamous tumors also do radiation/chemo. That was never mentioned with this one, perhaps because it had clear margins? Not that I want to do all that, just wondering that it wasn't mentioned. The topical stuff is bad enough!
My other question concerns squamous tumors and where they are likely to spread to. I had an endocrinologist appointment last week for some thyroid issues that have been ongoing. And to his (and MY) surprise, he found a small tumor on the right side of my thyroid. He said it's appearance on ultrasound is of a benign cyst and I have a biopsy scheduled for that on July 7. It is on the other side of my neck from the tumor on my face.
Has anyone had squamous cell tumors that spread? If so, where did it spread to? I have many questions now for the dermatologist, who I see again next week. At the thyroid doc, I pretty much stopped being able to hear when he said the word 'tumor'. Any experiences or thoughts would be greatly appreciated!