Learning About Head and Neck Cancer

Learning About Head and Neck Cancer

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When we talk about reconstructive
surgery I think it’s safe to say that a lot of people the first thing that comes
to their mind is breast reconstruction but there are other forms of cancer
that require reconstructive surgery and that’s head and neck cancer not as
prevalent correct doctor but it is out there it’s
cancerous of the mouth and nose can you tell me actually what it is? When we say had a neck cancer we’re talking about typically cancers of the
lining of the mouth of the throat of the tonsils. The mandible
being the? The jawbone there’s a lot that
falls within the realm of head and neck cancers but we’re typically talking
about everything that happens from here to here There is a quick statistic I
want to share with our viewers this year an estimated 65,000 people will develop
head and neck cancer and almost 14,000 deaths occur according to the American
Society of Clinical Oncology one person that comes to mind because I
love football and and he is a fantastic human being and that’s Hall of Famer Jim
Kelly from the Buffalo Bills he was in remission and I believe just a couple of
months ago he announced that his oral cancer returned and we are praying for
his recovery so it is happening doctor tell me do all patients need
reconstructive surgery when it comes to the head and neck? Yeah the majority of
them do and this is very different than when we talk about breast
cancer Does it depend on the stage also? It does but we as
reconstructive surgeons always try to restore form and function and and the
function part of things is very very important in the head and neck because
you’re talking about things like breathing and nutrition and you
no functions that are that are vital to sustain human beings and and
and the the focus is a lot on function on the head and neck patients that
mastectomy patients it’s a very personal choice and it’s very important but the
if you have mastectomy you can wait for your reconstruction and do it delayed
like we spoke about in the prior segment when you have a big defect in your jaw
and a big defect in your face it’s those are things that need to
be reconstructed at the same time.

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