Symptoms and Signs of Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer

Metastatic squamous neck cancer is a cancer composed of abnormal squamous cells that have spread to the neck usually to the lymph nodes in the neck. The cancerous squamous cells originate from another identified organ that has squamous cells (lungs, kidneys, uterus and others) that became cancerous and spread into the neck (and possibly other organs); it is the primary cancer source. If the source of the primary cancer that spread to the neck is not known, then the cancer is classified as a metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary. Signs and symptoms of metastatic squamous neck cancer with or without an occult primary is a lump in the throat or pain in the neck or throat that does not go away.

The cause of metastatic squamous neck cancer is another organ system that has developed cancerous squamous cells that have spread to the neck; the squamous cancer cells may be primary (known organ source like lung, for example) or occult primary (unknown organ source).

REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.