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Question: Ignoring squamous-cell growth (friend; me worried)

 sheila373 - Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:45 pm

An elderly (70), single, isolated male friend of mine has a diagnosed squamous cell cancer on his face (cheek) that has been there for at least a year, maybe two, maybe longer, that I've seen change somewhat since I've known him (a year or so) and he is not making any moves to get it removed besides some initial research. He has good health insurance and is not scared though not looking forward to getting cut into... I am afraid he could really be jeopardizing his health and even life but he seems to think it isn't terribly serious. I wonder if he is depressed and trying to passively hurt himself. He does procrastinate a lot. How dangerous is a slow-growing thing like this? Thank-you.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:06 am

User avatar Hello,I am really sorry that your friend is hurting himself and then would land up with complications.With modern therapy what was once a very nasty condition is treated with ease to dy.But you can not take easy with a malignancy.The tumor can spread locally,destroy normal tissues,could even spread to other organs.It could result in fatalities too.If it is a larger one, more chances of complications.If your friend does ot want surgery there are other modalitie of treatment like cryotherapy,or lasers.Do plead with him to get treatment at the earliest.Do keep me informed too.
 sheila373 - Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:52 pm

Thanks for reply (again). I'll let you know. REALLY appreciate your information.

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