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Moss Report on Skin Cancer:
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Alternative & Conventional Skin Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) Treatments (2019 Update)

The Moss Reports on Skin Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) brings you a thorough and up-to-date discussion of the best results with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, integrative, complementary and alternative treatments for skin cancer. We also discuss the pros and cons of such controversial treatments as salves and escharotics (such as the Hoxsey external formula) as well as eggplant-derived products.

We have separate Moss Reports on the three major forms of skin cancer: Please be sure to order the one specific to the type of skin cancer you are dealing with.

Skin Cancer: Malignant Melanoma (MM)

Skin Cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

Skin Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) (this page)

What’s New In Skin Cancer For 2019

James Allison, PhD, is the head of immunology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. While at the University of California, Berkeley, he invented an important new class of medications called “immune checkpoint inhibitors.” Allison is currently working on combining these medications with cancer-killing viruses, such as Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV) vaccines. These are already available at several foreign clinics.One of the most significant advances of recent years has been the development and FDA approval of an anti-cancer virus vaccine, Reolysin® (pelareorep). The 2018 Moss Report discusses this new medicine and its associated clinical trials.

Skin Cancer Treatment

In general, skin cancers should be among the least dangerous of cancers. Most of them are at most locally aggressive, and although they can be disfiguring they are seldom life-threatening. The biggest exception to this rule is malignant melanoma. The melanomas, which are tumors that often arise from pigmented moles, are in fact among the most highly malignant of all cancers and can metastasize to almost any part of the body, including the brain and spinal cord. Melanoma have even been known on occasion to spread from a pregnant mother to her fetus.

Strictly speaking, melanoma is uncommon, but the incidence has been rising rapidly. In 1935, for example, only one American in 1,500 developed melanoma. The incidence began to rise sharply during the eighties and nineties. In 1995 there were 32,100 cases in the US. In 1996, that figure had risen to 38,300; by 1997 it was up to 40,300 and by 2002 the total was 51,400. By the turn of the millennium, the incidence had risen to 70,000, an extraordinary increase. Incidence now stands at over 76,000 new cases per year, double what it was 20 years ago, with over 10,000 deaths. Although it represents only about one percent of all skin cancer cases, it accounts for the vast majority of skin cancer deaths.

Non-melanoma skin cancer (BCC and SCC) is the most common form of human cancer. There are an estimated 3,000,000 US cases per year. To put this in perspective, this is higher than the incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colorectal cancer combined! About three-quarters of these are basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and the incidence of these continues to rise. The rest are squamous cell carcinomas. There are four times as many cases of skin cancer in sunny Hawaii as in overcast Minnesota. The average rate in the United States is 146 cases per 100,000 among white-skinned people. (It is rare in dark-skinned individuals.) BCC most commonly occurs in people over the age of 40, and men are affected significantly more often than women. The estimated lifetime risk for white US residents is 32 to 39 percent for males, and 23 to 28 percent in women. The increased frequency results from the increasing age of the population age shift in the population and the increasing amount of leisure time that is spent with either natural or artificial ultraviolet (UV) exposure. Skin cancer can also be expensive. US Medicare alone spends $13 billion each year on the treatment of skin cancer care treatment. Then there is the cost of treating precancerous lesions including actinic keratoses (AK).

The treatment of melanoma has been revolutionized by the emergence in recent years of a whole new class of immune-based drugs, the immune checkpoint inhibitors (such as Yervoy®, Opdivo® and Keytruda®). For the first time in decades there is optimism in the air on the treatment of this disease, even in late stages. The Moss Reports goes into this topic in detail.

Every patient with skin cancer and their loved ones should read this outstanding Moss Report.

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Table of Contents

  • A QUICK GUIDE TO CAM CANCER TREATMENTS
  • GREEN LIGHT TREATMENTS: WELL RESEARCHED APPROACHES
  • AMBER LIGHT TREATMENTS FOR CANCER: EFFICACY AND SAFETY STILL UNCLEAR
  • RED LIGHT TREATMENTS: POORLY RESEARCHED (OR DOWNRIGHT DANGEROUS)
  • CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT SECTION
  • BASICS
  • CAUSES AND INCIDENCE
  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SCC
  • PATHOLOGY AND TYPES OF SCC
  • PRECANCEROUS LESIONS
  • BOWEN’S DISEASE
  • KERATOACANTHOMA (KA)
  • SUMMARY OF TREATMENT APPROACHES
  • STANDARD SURGICAL EXCISION
  • CURETTAGE WITH OR WITHOUT ELECTRODESICCATION (C&D)
  • CRYOSURGERY (A.K.A. CRYOABLATION)
  • EXTENDED USE OF CRYOSURGERY
  • RADIATION
  • CHEMOTHERAPY
  • CURETTAGE AND ELECTRODESICCATION (C&D)
  • DANGER OF BACTEREMIA
  • MOHS MICROGRAPHIC SURGERY
  • EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS
  • RETINOIDS
  • INTERFERONS
  • LASER THERAPY
  • DERMABRASION
  • BASOSQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA (BSCC)
  • ESCHAROTICS
  • IMMUNE CHECKPOINT INHIBITORS IN SCC
  • ADOPTIVE IMMUNOTHERAPY
  • TOP SUPPLEMENTS (THE SHORT LIST)
  • ANTI-CANCER PLAN ON A TIGHT BUDGET
  • ANTI-CANCER RECIPES
  • THE HALLMARKS OF CANCER
  • A NEW MODEL FOR CANCER TREATMENT
  • INNOVATIVE SURGERY
  • INNOVATIVE RADIATION THERAPY
  • INNOVATIVE CHEMOTHERAPY
  • NAUSEA AND VOMITING
  • ACUPUNCTURE
  • BETA-GLUCANS
  • HYPNOSIS
  • MUSIC
  • MOUTH SORES (STOMATITIS)
  • ZINC SULFATE
  • NERVE PAIN
  • HAIR LOSS
  • CRAMPS
  • PICKLE JUICE REMEDY
  • CHEMOSENSITIVITY TESTING
  • TARGETED THERAPIES
  • PRECISION MEDICINE INITIATIVE
  • ANTI-ANGIOGENESIS DRUGS
  • MOLECULAR AND GENOMIC TESTING
  • CIRCULATING TUMOR CELLS (CELLSEARCH)
  • MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES
  • IMMUNE CHECKPOINT BLOCKADE (ICB)
  • CANCER STEM CELLS (CSCS)
  • DIETARY COMPOUNDS THAT KILL CANCER STEM CELLS (CSCS)
  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND EXERCISE
  • FASTING AND THE KETOGENIC DIET
  • A COST-FREE WAY TO PREVENT CANCER RECURRENCES
  • CALORIC RESTRICTION
  • PRACTICAL NOTES ON FASTING
  • TOP TEN SUPPLEMENTS (THE EXPOSITION)
  • FOOD AND CANCER PREVENTION
  • VITAMINS, MINERALS & ANTIOXIDANTS
  • THE CONCURRENT USE DEBATE
  • RADIOPROTECTION
  • CONCURRENT USE OF ANTIOXIDANTS AND RADIATION
  • HERBS, SPICES AND BOTANICALS
  • HYPERTHERMIA
  • CRYOABLATION
  • SOUND, LIGHT AND ELECTRICITY
  • CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY
  • VIRAL THERAPY (ONCOLYTIC VIRUSES)
  • ELECTROACUPUNCTURE
  • DRUGS NEW AND OLD
  • INNOVATIVE CANCER CLINICS
  • FINDING AN INTEGRATIVE PHYSICIAN
  • INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY DEPARTMENTS
  • AMERICAN CLINICS
  • INTERNATIONAL CLINICSSUPPLEMENTS AND SURGERY
  • CAM AND FATIGUE
  • POPULAR BUT UNLIKELY TREATMENTS

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