recently diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma


I was recently diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma involving a lymph node in my neck. However, they cannot find the primary. What does this all mean and what are my chances of a long and healthy life ? Robert

  • Hi Robert,

    Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to the online community. It’s only natural to question your prognosis and your future when you are diagnosed with cancer.

    Even though your team can’t find the primary cancer, there are still treatment options available for a cancer of unknown primary (CUP).

    It would be a good idea to get in touch with your consultant to discuss prognosis and what to expect in more detail. It may help to write down a list of questions to ask for your next appointment. 

    As nurses on this type of platform it’s difficult to know details of individual cases, as we don’t have access to NHS hospital records. However, we can chat through what to expect generally.

    It may help to talk to one of the nurses on the Macmillan support line about how you’re feeling just now. You can find information here about further support we offer.

    I hope this information is helpful.


    Take care,

    Mandy (Cancer Information Nurse Specialist)