NCI Definition: A squamous cell carcinoma that arises from the mucosal lining of the tonsil and tends to metastasize early to the lymph nodes. It predominantly affects middle aged and elderly patients who have a history of alcohol and tobacco use. Patients may present with tonsillar swelling, sore throat, pain radiating to the ipsilateral ear, or a neck mass. [1]

Disease Details

SCC of the Tonsil, Tonsil SCC, SCC of Tonsil, Tonsil Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Tonsillar SCC, Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Tonsil, Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Tonsil
Tonsillar Carcinoma


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2. The AACR Project GENIE Consortium. AACR Project GENIE: powering precision medicine through an international consortium. Cancer Discovery. 2017;7(8):818-831. Dataset Version 8. This dataset does not represent the totality of the genetic landscape; see paper for more information.

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