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How do medications treat stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma?

Medications aren't usually used to treat stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma. Usually, doctors will first try to remove the cancer through surgery. As a second line of defense, doctors may suggest topical or systemic chemotherapy. In topical chemotherapy, strong drugs may be applied to the skin to kill cancerous cells. This method is usually used for very shallow tumors, so it's not often used in stage 3. Systemic chemotherapy uses medications taken orally or intravenously to destroy the cancer cells. This treatment may be beneficial if the cancer has started to spread to the bones or lymph nodes.

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