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Posted - 07/23/2009 :  11:24:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Six months ago I had my first skin cancer diagnosis which was basal cell and removed from my face by a plastic surgeon. A month ago, I had a biopsy on my ear. It showed a lot of pre-cancerous tissue and squamous cell in situ. When I saw my dermatologist last week, he tried to convince me to wait for three months before doing anything further since he believed he got everything doing the biopsy. I said I wanted another biopsy, and he did it. I got the report 2 days ago which showed basal cell carcinoma, and my dermatologist, this time, said we'll wait for three months. I am getting another opinion next week but am wondering if anyone knows of a situation where in one site, both squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas have grown from pre-cancerous tissue? I also then wonder if a melanoma is also possible from the same tissue?

Thanks in advance...Janet This is my first time on this forum!


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Posted - 07/30/2009 :  22:30:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Janet,
Not sure i have any answers but from what i have read there can be bcc's skin cancers that scc features and vice-versa. One link i followed has dubbed them bsc's. This link was to part of a book i pulled up on a google search of "mixed bcc scc". It is a long link and i will try to post it here but don't know if it will post as it is 3 lines long! I'll try!
the book is Skin Cancer by Keyvan Nouri and the page is 71 --

Not sure if a melanoma is possible but from what this book said the BSC could also be just bcc and scc close together - apparently there is not agreement in medical community on this.

Hope this helps. Good luck and i will be praying for you!

Please let us know how the 2nd opinion went. Thanks!

Edited by - RidgebackDogs on 07/30/2009 22:49:27
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Posted - 07/31/2009 :  04:10:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are right, RidgebackDogs. I had SCC but my path results include:

"There are focal basaloid features as well."

The doctor said this means basal cell is "mixed in."
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