Basaloid squamous cell carcinoma (BSCC) is a high-grade variant of squamous cell carcinoma that preferentially arises in the upper aerodigestive tract, i.e., the base of the tongue, the larynx and the hypopharynx. Most BSCCs are diagnosed at advanced clinical stages and they have an unfavorable prognosis because of the poor overall patient survival rates … unfavorable tends to be an understatement.
Rare – there have been only a few reported cases of sinonasal tract BSCCs — less than 30 cases of sinonasal BSCC have been reported worldwide (2009) per the National Institute of Health (NIH) … and I won the lottery! … =^)
I have come to appreciate witty medical writing and diagnoses such as “Although BSCC is an aggressive neoplasm, it is not uniformly fatal.” Am looking forward to the not uniformly fatal part.
It is what it is. Life brings us all challenges.
I have agreed to be part of a lifelong study to track this cancer. All of my records and checkups go to an independent clearinghouse for cancer research and tracking.
Learn more about Sinonasal BSCC cancer.