About Ear Tumors
Tumor of the ear is rare, but when it does occur, it can damage your hearing or spread to other areas if left untreated. The most common tumor of the outer ear is skin tumors, like squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell tumors, or melanoma. Tumors that may develop in the middle or inner ear are known as adenoid cysts, adenocarcinoma, or cholesteatoma. To diagnose ear tumors, a biopsy is usually taken of the growth if it is accessible to examine. If it cannot be reached, an MRI or CT scan can be used to give the doctors more information before a treatment plan is created. At the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas, board-certified head and neck (otolaryngologist) surgeons Drs. Martin Corsten, Yadro Ducic, and Masoud Saman are skilled at diagnosing and treating tumor of the ear. If you have been diagnosed with ear tumors or have several symptoms, please schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Dallas or Fort Worth to learn more about your treatment options.
"My experience was much better than I expected, Dr Corsten and the entire staff made me feel very comfortable and I am very appreciative ."- A.T. / Office Visit / Aug 14, 2018
"I recently had to have a forehead flap procedure performed by Dr. Ducic. He is a blessing with his skill and knowledge. It's amazing how hard he works as well as his very talented staff. The office staff are exceptional. Especially Selena Murray who went out of her way to make sure all of my concerns were addressed by Dr. Ducic. He's very busy but he does a great job at making you understand exactly what can or can't be done. I highly recommend this team of professionals."- P.R. / Healthgrades / Sep 08, 2018
"AMAZING Doctor and staff!! I highly recommend for rhinoplasty and facial work!"- S.L. / Healthgrades / Aug 30, 2018
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"I came for a consult and was put on the schedule for surgery the same day (for roughly a month later). The girls in the office are fantastic and efficient and great with follow up calls and scheduling, etc. Dr. Kelling is lovely and we talked extensively about my history and concerns about my procedure (no fancy stuff, just airflow issues). As for my procedure (septoplasty and much needed turbinate reduction), I am overwhelmingly overjoyed at being able to breathe freely agai...n. I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and alert and I ask myself if I even need a cup of coffee. I’m no longer a slave to caffeine in the morning, I just drink it because I enjoy it. I can now smell colors! Ok, maybe not colors, but I am moved to tears at least once a day at all the things I can smell and taste again after nearly a decade of deficient airflow. My only regret is I did not find Dr. Saman sooner. Though I did not take advantage of his artistic talent in rhinoplasty (though I would have totally gone for it five years ago), I felt like it was best to overshoot rather than undershoot when it comes to a surgeon’s skill. He is very transparent about his procedures and techniques on social media, I found him on Snapchat and followed on Instragram as well and I have to say it didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable and confident he could help me. Thank you Dr. Saman! You have helped me heal in more ways than I can express."- J.A. / Facebook / Jul 10, 2018
Common signs of ear tumors include:
- Chronic earaches
- Hearing loss
- New or abnormal growths on the visible portions of the ear
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
In most cases, surgical excision of tumors from the outer portion of the ear is possible. Surgical excision of tumors from the inner and middle ear may also be possible depending on the location of the growth. Surgery to remove cancerous growths may be combined with other oncology treatments, like radiation therapy or chemotherapy, to increase the patient's chance of recovery. In these cases, the surgeons of the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas will work with the other doctors and medical professionals on the patient's oncology team to coordinate treatments.
What to Expect
After the procedure, the tumor will be biopsied and the ear will be reassessed to determine the success of the surgery. Based on the results, the doctor will help the patient with recovery steps or further treatment options if needed. Drs. Corsten, Ducic, and Saman are also skilled with reconstruction surgery to help normalize the appearance of the ear(s) after cancer surgery. Patients should continue to have their ears checked even after recovery to watch for recurrence or other problems.
Plan Your Procedure
Ear Cancer Surgery
There are many treatment options for cancer. We welcome you to learn more about surgery for ear cancer with experienced head and neck (otolaryngologist) surgeons Drs. Martin Corsten, Yadro Ducic, and Masoud Saman at the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas. With multiple locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, it's easy to schedule an appointment with us today. We look forward to hearing from you!