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Stages of Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary
Once metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary is found, more tests will be done to find out how far the cancer cells have spread. This is called staging. A doctor needs to know the stage of the disease to plan treatment. The following stages are used for metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary:
Untreated metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary means no treatment has been given for the cancer except to treat symptoms.
Treatment for untreated metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary
Treatment may be one of the following:
Surgery to remove the lymph nodes in the neck (lymph node dissection)
Radiation therapy plus surgery
A clinical trial that includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or surgery
Recurrent disease means that the cancer has come back (recurred) after it has been treated. It may come back in the neck or in another part of the body.
Treatment for recurrent metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary
Treatment depends on the type of treatment the patient had before, where the cancer came back, and the patient's health. A patient may want to take part in a clinical trial of new treatments.
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