About Maxilla Cancer
The palatomaxillary area includes the hard palate in the upper mouth and the maxilla (the upper jawbone that holds the roots of the upper teeth). These can sometimes become infected with abnormal cells. Typically caused by tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and genetic factors, cancer in the mouth may spread to become maxilla cancer. At the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas, several maxillectomy procedures are available to surgically remove cancerous areas of the maxilla. With locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, board-certified otolaryngologist (head and neck) surgeons Drs. Yadro Ducic and Masoud Saman are pleased to offer surgical maxilla cancer treatments, along with reconstructive and rehabilitative treatments post surgery to restore the appearance and function of the mouth. Patients who have been diagnosed or have symptoms of maxilla cancer are encouraged to schedule a consultation at the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas to discuss treatment options.
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"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
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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
In most cases, symptoms of maxilla cancer will be seen or felt by a dentist or general doctor. Common symptoms that may indicate palatomaxillary or other oral cancers are:
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Difficulty or pain when swallowing
- Difficulty speaking
- Loose teeth
- Loss of feeling in the middle part of the face
- Painful sores or patches in the mouth
A biopsy or imaging study (CT, MRI, PET) can confirm a diagnosis of maxilla cancer and help determine a treatment plan. Surgical excision of the tumor is recommended in most cases; however, surgery may be combined with another treatment method, like radiation or chemotherapy, to address any cancerous cells that cannot be reached during surgery. The most common types of maxillectomy are medial, infrastructure, superstructure, subtotal, and total. The type of surgery will be determined based on the location and spread of the cancer in the mouth. Reconstruction may be performed during or after the cancer surgery to restore the appearance and function of the maxilla.
What to Expect
After a maxillectomy, patients should schedule follow-up visits with their doctor every 1 – 3 months for the first year after surgery. During these appointments, the doctor can check their recovery progress and determine if the cancer has been cleared or if more treatments are needed. Reconstruction can be discussed to help improve the patient's appearance or if they have any trouble with mouth function. The Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas also offers therapy services for any ongoing problems with speaking, swallowing, or breathing.
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Treating Mouth Cancer
Learn about all of your options for treating maxilla cancer at the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas, including excision surgery (maxillectomy), reconstruction surgery, and speech therapy. With years of experience in surgical and reconstructive techniques, board-certified otolaryngologist surgeons Drs. Ducic and Saman help patients in the Dallas/Fort Worth area survive head and neck cancer. Schedule a consultative appointment at one of our offices for a diagnosis or surgical treatment of mouth cancer.