[Illinois] Cancer Community Symposium 2012: The Man with the Crateriform Lesion: Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma

By Joseph Brancheck

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Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer in the United States and accounts for 20 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers; in addition, it is the second most common cancer overall in Caucasians. Due to an aging population and increasing sun exposure, the number of cutaneous carcinomas is increasing and the incidence is estimated to be over three million annually. Unlike the more common basal cell carcinoma, SCCs are more likely to metastasize. This makes a timely diagnosis and treatment even more important because a long delay before surgical removal of SCC is associated with an increased risk of invasive SCC. SCC is already associated with a high cost and morbidity which becomes even higher when the cancer becomes invasive. The patient in this case did not have insurance and, therefore, delayed treatment of his SCC for two years. His treatment at two years required 8 hours of operation time and the expertise of a neurosurgeon, plastic surgeon, and otolaryngologist as well as many days of hospital stay. This case study exemplifies the advantage of primary and secondary prevention as well as the treatment of advanced head and neck SCCs.

Cancer Community At Illinois Symposium 2012

April 5-6, 2012: Connecting patient care, research, and scientific advancement

Symposium Premise
This on-campus research symposium aims to bring together members of campus and the surrounding community to foster interdisciplinary discussions on cancer research and its affects on patient care. In order to increase understanding and awareness, we will discuss in an open forum with research talks, poster presentations, and panel discussions. We invite community members, clinicians, and researchers from UIUC and other Midwest regional institutions from departments ranging from the social sciences to basic sciences to engineering and medicine.
The symposium features invited talks from nationally-recognized cancer researchers, oral presentations from UIUC faculty and students, and poster sessions. We encourage student researchers from UIUC and from other regional schools to apply (travel awards are available).

About CC@I Symposium
The Cancer Community at Illinois (CC@I) Symposium is organized by a group of students on the University of Illinois campus to bridge the areas of social science, basic sciences to engineering and medicine as they relate to cancer. The symposium mission is to: 1) Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and understanding that transcends established departmental affiliation; 2) Foster an increased understanding of the social and environmental factors affecting patients; and 3) Develop unique vantage points afforded by interactive dialogue between and among the various cancer research disciplines. In order to accomplish this, the symposium will engage the local patient community through use of the nascent social and support efforts of the Mills Breast Cancer Institute, Carle Hospital, and regional clinical collaborators.
If you are interested in other CC@I events or the program in general, please contact cancer-community@illinois.edu


Authors: Logan Carr, Joseph Brancheck, and Dhaval Patel

Dr. Patel has an undergraduate degree from Loyola University of Chicago, and he earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. He completed a five-year general surgical residency at University of Illinois at Chicago and a two-year Plastic Surgery fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Patel is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Patel has authored numerous research articles and was recognized for his skills and leadership by being named Chief Resident while at the University of Illinois and the Mayo Clinic. He is a firm believer in community outreach programs, and routinely participates in international mission projects. Dr. Patel plans to develop a practice with a balance of cosmetic (elective) procedures and medically necessary plastic and reconstructive surgery. He welcomes patients of all ages. His natural comfort with patients and families allows him to gain a better understanding of patient goals, and to mutually arrive at a treatment plan that provides the best outcome and patient satisfaction.

(Source: http://www.osfplasticsurgery-rockford.org/staff/Dhaval-M-Patel-MD.html)

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