Metastatic squamous neck cancer is a squamous cell cancer that originates in another part of the body, such as a lung or kidney, then spreads to lymph nodes in the neck. In many cases, the multispecialty team in the Head and Neck Program at Moffitt Cancer Center can determine where the cells developed (and, as a result, what kind of cancer is present) based on the results of a microscopic examination of the cells. However, there are some instances in which the primary cancer type cannot be identified, in which case the condition is known as metastatic squamous cell cancer with an occult primary tumor.
When the primary cancer type is known, treatment can be tailored accordingly. For instance, lung cancer that has spread to lymph nodes in the neck is usually treated with the same chemotherapy drugs as lung cancer that is confined to the lungs. However, if the primary tumor type cannot be determined, oncologists may need to take a more generalized approach to metastatic squamous cell cancer treatment.
Where to receive treatment for metastatic squamous neck cancer
Moffitt is a leading destination for metastatic squamous cell cancer treatment. We offer a comprehensive range of therapies, including:
- Traditional and hypofractionated radiation therapy
- Traditional and minimally invasive surgery
- Clinical trials
We also provide a variety of supportive care services, as we’re committed to helping our patients maintain a high quality of life both during and after treatment. To help counteract the potential side effects of head and neck cancer treatment, we offer speech therapy, nutritional counseling and other helpful services. With specialists in each field working hand-in-hand with our highly experienced surgeons, endocrinologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists, we’re able to provide comprehensive, individualized treatment and support for every patient.
If you’d like to learn more about your options for metastatic squamous neck cancer treatment, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online to request an appointment with an oncologist at Moffitt. Referrals are welcome, but not required.