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SCC Outer Ear

I have to say, I’m a bit scared. I would like some opinions on my situation, as my anxiety is very high and I’m experiencing tremendous sadness.

Last spring / summer (2021) I noticed a fatty growth behind my left ear. It had a hard bump on the end of it and I am ashamed to say I picked at it a bit. Nevertheless, it was late September until I got to see a dermatologist.

The dermatologist performed the biopsy and it was determined to be ATYPICAL SQUAMOUS PROLIFERATION. My Dr told me that it was not cancer but we would need to do a follow up in 6 months, or March 2022.

Almost immediately the growth returned after biopsy. It looked a bit different this time, smaller and representing what looked like a wart at first. Unfortunately, I did not immediately go back to the dermatologist but waited to make an appointment until February 2022.

During this time it bled a little but I think that’s from my playing with it. I finally got into the dermatologist this week (March 7). The Dr took one look at it and said it’s more than likely Squamous Cell Carcinoma. She ruled out a wart quickly. She took another biopsy and I am currently awaiting the results. However, it seems very likely I have cancer of the outer ear. In fact, I’m 99% positive based off the Dr.

It sounds like I did not catch this in time. I noticed abnormal bumps on my neck as of late that I believe you can see in the picture.

I’m worried this has spread because the more I read it seems it can quite easily when located on the ear.

I’m also worried of disfigurement from surgery that I will most likely have after the results.

I’m not looking for a diagnoses here but maybe someone can look at the pictures and give me their interpretation.

What can I expect if it has spread? Should I be this worried?

February 14, 2022 two weeks before second biopsy

  1. Update: My personal care physician took at look at it today and confirmed it is SCC. Sending me to an oncologist immediately. This is devastating news and the future is now unknown.

    1. I'm so sorry to learn of your recent diagnosis. I can only imagine all of the thoughts that are running through your mind, and understand your devastation. Please know our community is here for you, to support you any way we can. I hope your appointment with the oncologist goes well and you're able to come up with a treatment plan <3 . If you're comfortable, please keep us updated on how you're doing. Thinking of you and sending lots of well wishes, Julie (team member)

    2. I know you how worried you must be--I am so very sorry. This community knows what you are going through. Do not hesitate to reach out to us any time. Please keep us updated on your treatment plan and results. We are keeping you in our thoughts as you move forward. Many hugs and positive thoughts! April,, Moderator

  2. It has been a while since you posted, but I wonder how your treatment has gone since last year. I have recently been diagnosed with metastatic squamous cell cancer and I understand your fear! After 38 years of dealing with skin cancer (basal and squamous cell) and treating 25 of them in the past two years, I'm terribly terribly tired of dealing with it. The treatment is no fun and I am considering just going with palliative care. I hope you have had some success!

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