Cancer Coaching Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Mandible-

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My prognosis with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of the mandible is 50 percent with surgery plus 7 weeks chemo at 5 days per week and radiation. They want to throw the kitchen sink at me.

Cancer Coach- I’m 43 years old I’ve been diagnosed specifically with squamous cell carcinoma of the mandible- one doctor told me that it’s considered stage 4 because it’s penetrated the jaw bone.

Diagnostics- I’ve had x-rays, a biopsy, and two CT scans. I also have trismus which means I can’t open my mouth wide. They said it’s because of the disease so I need to treat that as well because eating is difficult and brushing my teeth is a problem because I can’t fit the toothbrush in my mouth.

I have no other health conditions. Never smoke or drank alcohol. Except for wine three or four times a year. Eat nutritionally balanced meals and exercise regularly. No history of cancer in the family although mom has periodontal issues.

My prognosis with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of the mandible is 50 percent with surgery plus 7 weeks chemo at 5 days per week and radiation. They want to throw the kitchen sink at me.

Using Carnivora and trying to build my immune system while I research alternatives. Thanks so much for your help. It’s been very difficult, ok, impossible so far, trying to find people with cancer that have opted against surgery. Diane

 Hi Diane-
It is clear from my research that your situation is serious- yes, I understand that you already knew this but I wanted to do some research into the specifics. My experience, both personal and observational, is that even if non-conventional therapy is effective it is slow- much slower than conventional therapies.
Based on your explanations of your 1) oncologist explaining that your cancer is IN your jaw and 2) difficulty opening your mouth, makes me think this is why your oncologist is being aggressive by recommending surgery, chemo, and radiation.  The article below focuses on the idea of cancer entering the mandible or not being the reason for surgery.

Please consider moderately aggressive conventional therapies with nutritional supplementation to increase efficacy while reducing toxicity. Personally, I believe that quality of life is as, if not more important than length of life but you may have to consider, for instance, local radiation and chemo, along with nutritional supplementation, in order to then pursue non-conventional therapies.

Let me know if you have any questions.

thanks and hang in there.

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Oral cancer

“a subtype of head and neck cancer, is any cancerous tissue growth located in the oral cavity.[1] It may arise as a primary lesion originating in any of the oral tissues, by metastasis from a distant site of origin,.There are several types of oral cancers, but around 90% are squamous cell carcinomas,[2] originating in the tissues that line the mouth and lips. Oral or mouth cancer most commonly involves the tongue. It may also occur on the floor of the mouth, cheek lining, gingiva (gums), lips, or palate (roof of the mouth). Most oral cancers look very similar under the microscope and are called squamous cell carcinoma.”

Patterns of mandibular invasion in oral squamous cell carcinoma of the mandibular region

“Conclusion- The possibility of mandibular involvement is higher in patients where tumours are located with in 1 cm of the mandible. Involvement of mandible through the canal of inferior alveolar nerve in the present study was relatively high (20%). Therefore it is recommended that before a decision is taken to preserve the mandible it should be thoroughly screened for possible involvement.

“The results of our study suggest a careful preoperative examination of the mandible to rule out bone invasion. We propose that spread through the canal of inferior alveolar nerve or the nerve itself may be the cause of increasing rate of local recurrence seen after mandibular conserving surgery.”

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Gregory Logan says a couple of months ago

I can not open my mouth to wide and it hurts really 😫 bad

    David Emerson says a couple of months ago

    Hi Gregory-

    If you suspect that something is wrong with your jaw bone I encourage you to go to a doctor. Get a diagnosis ASAP.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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