How is cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) treated in patients at risk for metastasizing to lymph nodes?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Talib Najjar, DMD, MDS, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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For patients at risk for metastatic spread to lymph nodes, the standard treatment is surgical excision of the primary lesion along with the involved lymph node basins. Skin cancers located in the periauricular region, frontotemporal scalp, and mid-face often drain via lymph nodes in the parotid gland. Consequently, the parotid is the most frequently involved site of metastatic spread. In cases that involve parotid involvement, a parotidectomy with or without a simultaneous neck dissection is the procedure of choice.


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