About Temporal Bone Cancer
The temporal bone is in the lower section of the skull, directly below the temples and made of four pieces: the tympanic part, petrous portion, mastoid portion, and squama temporalis. Cancer that originates in the temporal bone is rare, but cancers that originate in the head and neck may spread to the temporal bone. Most often, temporal bone cancer starts as skin cancer in the outer ear that has spread. At the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas with offices in Dallas and Fort Worth, board-certified head and neck (otolaryngologist) surgeons Drs. Martin Corsten, Yadro Ducic, and Masoud Saman offer advanced treatments for temporal bone cancer, including radical temporal bone resection surgery. Drs. Corsten, Ducic, and Saman also perform reconstruction to help restore function and appearance after cancer surgery.
"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
"#Crisalix"- S.K. / Facebook / Aug 01, 2018
"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
The most common symptoms that indicate a patient may have temporal bone cancer are:
- Drainage or bleeding from the ear
- Ear pain
- Hearing loss
- Pulsating sound in the ear
If temporal bone cancer is suspected, a CT or MRI will usually be performed to give our doctors a better idea of the size and specific location of the tumor before treatment options are discussed. Radical temporal bone resection surgery removes the temporal bone and any surrounding areas that have been infected. The temporal bone will be need to be reconstructed during the surgery. Depending on the size and location of the tumor, the patient may need radiation therapy after surgery to help destroy any remaining cancer.
What to Expect
After a radical temporal bone resection surgery, patients will need to attend frequent follow-up appointments. During these appointments, our doctor will check carefully for any side effects or a recurrence of the cancer.
Plan Your Procedure
Surgical Cancer Options
Cancer of the head and neck requires extreme experience and skill for optimal treatment, so patients in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who have been diagnosed or have symptoms are encouraged to schedule a consultation at the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas. Board-certified otolaryngologist surgeons Drs. Corsten, Ducic, and Saman can help patients understand their treatment options for temporal bone cancer, including radical temporal bone resection surgery with reconstruction.