About Mandible Cancer
Oromandibular cancer includes any tumor that affects the lower jaw (mandible) that is typically associated with patients who use tobacco products and/or excessive alcohol consumption, plus genetic factors. In most cases, mandible cancer begins in a nearby area of the oral cavity (floor of the mouth, alveolar ridge, retromolar trigone) that spreads into the jaw, but sometimes the tumor originates directly from the jawbone. At the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas, Drs. Martin Corsten, Yadro Ducic, and Masoud Saman are board-certified head and neck (otolaryngologist) surgeons who perform surgery to treat mandible cancer. Depending on the extent and stage of the jawbone cancer, patients may have a marginal or segmental mandibulectomy to remove the affected areas. With multiple locations in the DFW area, our skilled doctors of the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas not only work to help patients treat their cancer, but also offer reconstruction surgery to restore the look and function of the jawbone.
"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
"Sophie was very patient regarding my questions and concerns and was a delight to talk to!"- A.T. / Office Visit / Aug 14, 2018
"Always a good experience from check in to check out."- RJ / Office Visit / Aug 14, 2018
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"very pleased"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Aug 14, 2018
Mandible cancer can often be visibly seen or felt by a dentist or general doctor. Common symptoms of mandible cancer are:
- Chronic bad breath
- Difficulty or pain when swallowing
- Difficulty speaking
- Loose teeth
- Lump in the neck or mouth
- Numbness in the lower mouth
- Painful sores in the mouth
- Red or white patches in the mouth
If mandible or another oral cancer is suspected, it will usually be diagnosed with a CT, MRI, or PET scan. A biopsy of the tumor may help to determine the type, grade, and stage of the cancer before a treatment plan is created. The two most common surgeries for jaw cancer are:
- Marginal mandibulectomy to remove the tumor along with part of the surrounding jawbone
- Segmental mandibulectomy to remove a section of the jawbone that is affected by cancer cells
Surgery to treat mandible cancer may be combined with other cancer treatments, like radiation, chemotherapy, or biologic medications to improve our patient's chances of success. Surgical removal of the tumor can be performed with or without jaw reconstruction depending on the spread of the cancer.
What to Expect
Patients should schedule follow-up visits for every 1 – 3 months for the first year after their surgery so our doctors can assess their recovery and check for cancer recurrence. After surgery, a biopsy of the removed tumor and surrounding cells will help determine if the cancer has spread beyond the mandible and if further cancer treatments are needed. At the post-treatment consultation to discuss the biopsy, our doctor can also discuss reconstruction options to restore the function and appearance of the jaw. Speech therapy is available at our offices if the patient has difficulty speaking or swallowing after the procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
Treating Jawbone Cancer
Cancer in the head or neck can be challenging to treat, so if you have been diagnosed or show signs of jaw cancer, please schedule a consultation with the skilled otolaryngologist surgeons of the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas. With experience in many different techniques, Drs. Corsten, Ducic, and Saman can help patients alone or with part of an oncology team to fight back against cancer. We have three convenient offices in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and can offer healing to patients with our cancer surgery, reconstructive surgery, and rehabilitative services.