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Lichen planus and squamous cell carcinoma

Hi,

I am a 50 yr old female, never smoked and don’t drink too often (maybe twice a month).  I had a sore on the side of my tongue for over a year (about 16 months) and I thought it had to do with lichen planus.  Finally had biopsy and it was squamous cell carcinoma.  This was diagnosed Dec. 19th 2018, had MRI Dec. 27th and saw oncologist Jan. 4th 2019.  He operated Jan. 14th 2019 and did a left partial glossectomy (about 1 cm deep and all around the sore which was about 0.5 inch x 0.75 inch). It does not appear that it spread so no chemo or radiation.  

The oncologist said that after 5 years he usually stops following patients but because of the oral lichen planus, he’ll keep following me.  That scares me a little bit because that means there’s a good chance it could come back!?  I hope not!

If anyone else has had cancer because of lichen planus, I’d really like to hear from you.

Liette

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