This continuing medical education article reviews the features, management, and prognosis of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma with an emphasis on high-risk squamous cell carcinoma and data from the past 3 years. This review will discuss the primary tumor management, high-risk features of a squamous cell carcinoma, changes to the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system, and the utility of sentinel lymph node biopsy, and critically review the evidence regarding adjuvant therapy. (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 147: 492e, 2021.)
After viewing this course, the participant should be able to:
- List important prognostic features that affect cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma risk.
- Summarize the changes to the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, Eighth Edition, staging system for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.
- Evaluate the draining nodal basin with appropriate imaging modalities.
- Recommend adjuvant radiation therapy in the correct clinical setting for high-risk tumors.
- Recognize the currently available treatments for advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.
Faculty Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery®Editors:
Thomas J. Knackstedt, MD; Rebecca W. Knackstedt, MD PhD; Michelle Djohan, BS; Raisal Djohan, MD; Brian R. Gastman, MD; David R. Crowe, MD
Rod J. Rohrich, MD
James M. Stuzin, MD
Donald H. Lalonde, MD; John YS Kim, MDAccreditation Information
AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM: 1.0
Patient Safety Credit: 0.5
Media: Journal Article, video
Release Date: 2/26/2021
Expiration Date: 2/26/2024
Estimated time to complete this course: 1 hour
*Course access ends on course expiration date
Directly provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS®)
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The ASPS designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This educational activity is intended for plastic surgery practitioners, residents, and other healthcare professionals interested in translating expanded knowledge into practice for the improvement of patient outcomes in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Rohrich, MD is the Principal/Co-Principal Investigator of research grants awarded to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, from Medicis, Mentor, and Contura Pharmaceutical. All research funds are provided directly to UT Southwestern. Dr. Stuzin has no relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. Dr. Lalonde is a consultant for ASSI Instruments. The authors have no disclosures. All ASPS staff members managing this activity have no relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted by ASPS for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. The ASPS also requires faculty/authors to disclose when off-label/unapproved uses of a product are discussed in a CME activity or included in related materials.
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