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April 11, 2015


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Amy Scott

Hi Bena - Thanks for this. Question - I can't find any information on carcinocarcinoma. My mother is 90% "spindle cell carcinoma". I thought carcinoma was a medical term for cancer. Is that accurate? or could it be she has the more dangerous subtype?

Bena Roberts


Spindle cell carcinoma is Spindle sub-type.

Carcinocarcinoma is very different. She does not have it X

Mike Walsh

My wife had a radical mastectomy and 19 lymph nodes removed. She had a estrogen positive grade 3 tumor in her breast. Dissection of the lymph nodes showed 9 with metaplastic keratinized squamous cell carcinoma. She just finished with A/C then radiation; no taxol as she had a violent reaction to it (almost died). She has two types of cancers, estrogen positive and triple negative. The above chart is very helpful - thanks.

Mike W.

Bena Roberts

Thanks so much
I am happy you found it helpful.

Are you on our family Children of Metaplastic Page?


bena roberts

Thanks to the lovely Cinannmon for pointing out that Carcino Carinoma frequently used term is Carcino Sarcoma. Sorry for any confusion!

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