Squamous Cell Lung Cancer [An Introduction]

Squamous cell lung cancer is one of the pulmonary neoplasms that are not benign and hence, always-additional clinical emphasis is being given whenever a patient affected with this type of pulmonary neoplasm is presented to the thoracic specialist or the oncologist.

It is to be understood that squamous cell lung cancer is epithelial in origin. As for the development is concerned, this type of neoplasm bears no limitations in the growth or spread within the different lobes of lungs.

Squamous cell lung cancer often bears the smoking of cigarettes or cigar either by the patient or being in the smoking room routinely as etiological factors for the occurrence. However, the sign and symptom of this type of lung cancer are almost similar to any type of a severe pulmonary neoplasm and invariably signs like coughing with blood materials in the coughed up material, difficulty in breathing which is termed as Dyspnea in medical term and weight loss.

Supportive Therapy

Since this squamous cell lung cancer is being considered as destructive neoplasm in lungs, additional care is paid towards incorporating the effective supportive therapy in the regular anti cancerous therapy, involving multi drug combinations. The supportive therapy may include usage of suitable corticosteroid drugs like prednisolone in a routine form and it is noteworthy to mention that in some patients, a repository form of this corticosteroid may also be used to fulfill the need of constant delivery.

Surgery is also being considered as therapy in cases of squamous cell lung cancer. But, if the spread of this is over a wide area, it becomes impossible.

The squamous cell lung cancer in many patients tends to spread to other tissues including kidney or bone. Suppose, if it spreads to bones, most of the times, mandible or skull may get affected and in such cases increased density with occurrence of periosteal new bones may be noticed.

Squamous cell lung cancer at times need confirmation from few more pathologists who are specialized in such diagnosis and however, the clinical effects seen in one patient affected by this type of lung caner may not get reflected in other patients and the factors like target organ of caner cells, extent of compromise by the immune status of the patient, effect of medications including alternate drug therapy which may even include restrictions in multiple diets in order to avoid constant exposure to the carcinogens that have some association with food components etc.

All these indicate the multiple factors are associated with the production of this type of lung cancer and hence, one has to know on many updated technical information on various pathogenesis and factors associated with exhibition of signs and symptoms of lung cancer involving squamous cells.

Radioactive implants have been used as one of the treatment measure in cases of squamous cell lung cancer. In all these cases, attempt is being made effectively to place the radioactive implants subsequent to the surgical procedure and these surgically placed implants have capabilities to emit constant waves of radiation.

However, it is to be understood that the spread of the squamous cell lung cancer is very rapid and hence, the treatment may not give 100 per cent guarantee on the recovery of the affected patient from this type of pulmonary neoplasm.

Top Image: Nephron CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons. Micrograph of small cell carinoma of the lung.

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