Aug 25, 2012 - 8:56 pm
A loved one was just diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Neck with unknown primary. The path report states loose fragments of poorly differentiated malignant epithelial cells with enlarged hyperchromatic irregular nuclei and apoptosis are seen in a hemorragic background that includes few scattered atypical keratinized squamous cells. Few scattered macrophages are also noted. The ENT mentioned he saw a spot on the tonsillar (base of tongue) and this could be the primary. Going in this Monday for surgery for Laryngoscopy (further biopsies). Could anyone tell me if they know what stage this could be at? His first and only sympton was a swollen area of the neck. Doctor treated with antibiotics initially and no difference. This has been going on about 45-60 days from initial notice of neck. Any advice out there that I could give him. He is scared, anxious, and emotional. Wondering what we couldn't expect for a prognosis? Any shared experiences would be helpful.