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Cancer Of The Jaw Bone
67y.o. Otherwise healthy male with oral cancer in jaw bone, gums, and lymph nodes. Generally speaking, what is the five year "cure" rate for that?
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Not always...: There are many structures that live underneath the jaw including lymph nodes that can become enlarged with recent infection, etc...A thorough history and physical exam by your primary care provider as well as some simple lab tests may be needed to further evaluate this problem. ...Read more
4cm x 1.5cm tumor on jaw bone. Jaw bone nearly gone also going to sinus cavity. Surgery 12/2. Cancer?
I have a small knot on side of neck right kinda under end of jaw bone close to ear and I'm scared it's cancer?
Get it checked: Knots & lumps can be in the skin or under the skin. Knots that are hard, painless, seem to be stuck to something underneath or in the skin and have ill defined edges are usually bad. Those that are soft, tender, move easily and have a distinct edge are usually not bad. Your lump could be a enlarged lymph node or a sebaceous cyst-or it could be something worse. Get it checked by your doctor. ...Read more
Sore throat and the gland directly under the jaw bone hurts and the area is swollen. My ear is sore at times. Should I be worried about cancer?
Is it possible to have cancer with pth of 108 the level is rising now lymphnodes in my neck n under jaw, r collar bone swollen very lil flow on dopp?
Unlikely: Parathyroid cancer is very rare. Patients with parathyroid cancer often have PTH in the 400-500 range. I wouldn't suspect PTH cancer with a level of 108. That being said, you need to evaluate the lymph nodes if things are not improving. ...Read more
I need bisophanates but am so frightened of the side effects of osteonecrosis of the jaw, thrombosis, stroke, bone cancer etc etc how common are these?
Not so common: And much less common than the dread complications of osteoporosis. I'm not impressed with what I've read about the stroke or cancer risk; good oral hygiene and early recognition should help with the uncommon jaw osteonecrosis. Would like to hear from others about what they've decided. ...Read more
80 yr actinomycosis jaw clindamycin 16 weeks still swollen. Allergic penclln. Saw ent, infect disease oral surgeon hyperbaric not ok metastc bone cancer. Who treats no one seems to know what to do?
Need Help?: I would suggest you have a consultation at a local university based teaching hospital. ...Read more
I have discovered a huge painless lump on the front of my head under hairline which feels like bone distortion is it cancer?
What are the symptoms of bone cancer? I have a hard immobile lump on the back of my head, what could have caused it? Is it normal to have a hard lump?
May be just a cyst: I see a lot of these. The vast majority are just benign cysts, especially in young adults. If it grows or bothers you, that's enough reason to get it removed. ...Read more
This is common in br: When breast cancer spreads beyond the breast, it commonly spreads to the bones but it can go into other organs including lungs, liver and brain. It is callased metastatci breast cancer. It is then likely to keep spreading and most often ends proving fatal. ...Read more
There is a solitary focus of increased activity in left lateral rib. I have head and neck cancer. Is it possible that my cancer has spread to my bone?
Does the hard lump on my head mean that I have some kinda skull tumor (bone cancer)?! I'm worried! Is it normal?
May be just a cyst: I see a lot of these. The vast majority are just benign cysts. If it grows or bothers you, that's enough reason to get it removed. ...Read more
Consultation: You should have a detailed clinical examination with the appropriate studies to determine if your protruding jaw is strictly a cosmetic problem and/or a functional problem. Many patients with a protruding jaw also have a malocclusion (bite) problem and cannot chew correctly. If a malocclusion is present, a combination of orthodontics and orthognathic (jaw) surgery may be indicated for correction. ...Read more
It does depend: Also on size of biopsy - enucleation versus marsupialization, vs en-bloc resection and what pathology is/was. In general, 6-8 weeks of soreness, stiffness and point tenderness is all within normal limits. Best to have conversation at your follow-up because your oral and maxillofacial surgeon who performed this bone biopsy would know best. ...Read more
Loss of teeth: Tends to cause loss of surrounding bone over time. The extent and rate varies greatly from individual to individual and also depends upon the location. That's just one of the reasons why it's generally very important to replace missing teeth. Some teeth are more important to replace than others. Discuss this issue with your own dentist. ...Read more
Jaw Pain: You need to see your dentist to determine the cause and the appropriate treatment to alleviate your pain. ...Read more
Yes: Very much so...see your dentist & get a diagnosis. ...Read more
TMJ dysfunction: Most likely this is a temperomandibular joint disorder and the feeling or popping out of place is often related to dysfunction of the disc within the tm joint. See a dentist who works with TMJ dysfunction, or discuss options with your primary. ...Read more
Held my breathe to where my cheeks puffed out and then it felt like air moved down near my back of jaw bone and made a bubble. Freaked me out.?
Eustachian tubes: It was likely your Eustachian tubes. They connect your middle ear to your throat and allow you to equalize pressure in your middle ear when you change altitudes. What you did is called a Valsalva maneuver. This is used by flight crews and divers to prevent ruptured eardrums during pressure changes. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with the marble bone disease in my jaw bone. It has me in excruciating pain.. please tell me what I can do to make it stop..
Marble bone disease: This is also known as osteopetrosis - it is inherited and causes abnormal hardening of bone resulting in fractures etc. It usually involves more than just the jaw. Managemnet has to be management of Pain with various pain medications - other iptions may involve Steroids, Vit D etc. This assumes that the others diagnoses have been ruled out like Pagets disease, Lead/Fluoride/Beryllium toxicity- ...Read more
Recently developed a swell in a node right behind the left jaw bone. It changes in size w slight change in hearing + some discomfort in jaw. Help!
You need to see ENT: I recommend evaluation by Ear/Nose and Throat doctor ...Read more
From last night I have a pain in my neck under the right jaw bone in the front. It is painful periodically. Should I be concerned immediately or wait?
Yes: It is not normal to have pain in neck even periodically. Go to your physician. They can determine if serious or not, or refer you to someone who can help. ...Read more
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more