Mass in Jaw

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Mass in Jaw

by Ang0821 on Sun Dec 03, 2006 12:00 AM

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Hi, I am 29 years old and upon going to my dental check-up and cleaning, my dentist noticed a mass near my jaw line (showed up on panoramic x-ray) I was referred to an oral surgeon. It shows up as small white material by the jaw line (thus meaning it is hard/calcified material). I had one opinion from an oral surgeon and he stated that there is a 20-30% chance it could be osteosarcoma of the jaw. I am really worried as I have two very young children at home. He scheduled a biopsy for almost 3 weeks from now. I have another appt for a second opinion, but am worrying myself horribly. I am healthy otherwise, dont drink or smoke, etc. I have no pain or any other symptoms. The oral surgeon said my face on that side seems a little swollen to him, but not majorly (I have had TMJ for quite some time- and clench terribly at night) I cant take waiting 3 weeks for the biopsy and then another 2-3wks to get the results. I am having trouble sleeping from all the thoughts that go through my head about my children if it were cancer. Sorry I just have to vent.

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by Amymichelle on Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:00 AM

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On 12/3/2006 Ang0821 wrote:

Hi, I am 29 years old and upon going to my dental check-up and cleaning, my dentist noticed a mass near my jaw line (showed up on panoramic x-ray) I was referred to an oral surgeon. It shows up as small white material by the jaw line (thus meaning it is hard/calcified material). I had one opinion from an oral surgeon and he stated that there is a 20-30% chance it could be osteosarcoma of the jaw. I am really worried as I have two very young children at home. He scheduled a biopsy for almost 3 weeks from now. I have another appt for a second opinion, but am worrying myself horribly. I am healthy otherwise, dont drink or smoke, etc. I have no pain or any other symptoms. The oral surgeon said my face on that side seems a little swollen to him, but not majorly (I have had TMJ for quite some time- and clench terribly at night) I cant take waiting 3 weeks for the biopsy and then another 2-3wks to get the results. I am having trouble sleeping from all the thoughts that go through my head about my children if it were cancer. Sorry I just have to vent.

 

Hi!

My husband is currently fighting osteosarcoma of the mandible for the third time.  I really hope that you don't have to go through it, but if you do, you can beat it!  Most likely you will have to have part of your jaw removed in an extensive surgery, but who cares if you can be cancer free!  Anyway, I wanted to let you know that if you have to go through surgery that you are going to want the BEST surgeons doing this surgery.  My husband's surgeons at the University of Michigan did an absolutely incredible job on his reconstruction.  He's chin had a graft on it, but people would ask him if it was from a skateboarding accident!  :)  Please, email me if you need anything, I would be more than happy to let you know anything that I can.

 

Amy

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by Caitlinsmom on Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 12/3/2006 Ang0821 wrote:

Hi, I am 29 years old and upon going to my dental check-up and cleaning, my dentist noticed a mass near my jaw line (showed up on panoramic x-ray) I was referred to an oral surgeon. It shows up as small white material by the jaw line (thus meaning it is hard/calcified material). I had one opinion from an oral surgeon and he stated that there is a 20-30% chance it could be osteosarcoma of the jaw. I am really worried as I have two very young children at home. He scheduled a biopsy for almost 3 weeks from now. I have another appt for a second opinion, but am worrying myself horribly. I am healthy otherwise, dont drink or smoke, etc. I have no pain or any other symptoms. The oral surgeon said my face on that side seems a little swollen to him, but not majorly (I have had TMJ for quite some time- and clench terribly at night) I cant take waiting 3 weeks for the biopsy and then another 2-3wks to get the results. I am having trouble sleeping from all the thoughts that go through my head about my children if it were cancer. Sorry I just have to vent.

I went to my dentist yesterday for a 6-month cleaning and checkup.  A panoramic xray revealed several dark spots below the gumline where, I guess, there should be bone but there no longer appears to be.  My dentist has referred me to an oral surgeon for a biopsy (next week).  He said not to be concerned and said the possibility of this type of cancer is extremely rare.  I'm not particularly concerned because I don't appear to have any other symptoms, though I must admit that occassionally I wonder, "what if it bears out to be cancer, then what will I do?"  My husband is particularly unnerved.  My uncle suffers from mouth and throat cancer.  He has had multiple surgeries, radiation and chemo therapies, barometric chamber treatments, infections, etc.  He is my hero and I look to him for inspiration.  Just wanted you to know you are not alone.

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by Cavman on Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:00 AM

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Amy:

 I finished my treatment a year ago at U of Mich. Although I have a few side effects, they saved my life. They are great with oral cancers.

 Ron

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by Carlos_d on Sat Mar 31, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi, my daughter 15 years old, has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma to the jaw, it has been a difficult ordeal, but it seems that jaw resection and reconstruction is necessary for an improved prognosis,.  Keep fighting.  Today is march 31, 2007 and she is in Univ of Texas MD Anderson critical care unit after a 10 hour procedure on march 29, 2007, with Gods Grace we will move forward. 

 

Carlos

 

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by Destinee on Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:00 AM

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I have a bump on my lower right jaw that is hard and moves around, i have an apointment with an ENT later this week but can anyone tell me what this could be? I have no symtoms exept I have jaw pain sometimes

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by jesiang1 on Fri Mar 05, 2010 01:21 AM

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I have had some type of muscle mass in my jaw for a year.  I have had a cat scan and 2 mri's and bloodwork to rule everything out. problem is no one can figure out what is wrong. you can feel it, upon examination but my face isn't swollen. I have been turned away from a hospital because they felt it wasn't an emergency when i was in pain.  My mouth was swollen shut. it was pushing on my ear drum and causing migraine headaches. i lost over 16 pounds in 2 months from eating. I am trying to get this figured out because it's time to move on with my life and this is causing problems. So i feel your pain. I have a fiance and 1 1/2 year old im home with everyday. it's a struggle everyday.

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by bhamblonde on Tue Apr 20, 2010 02:12 AM

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On Dec 03, 2006 12:00 AM Ang0821 wrote:

Hi, I am 29 years old and upon going to my dental check-up and cleaning, my dentist noticed a mass near my jaw line (showed up on panoramic x-ray) I was referred to an oral surgeon. It shows up as small white material by the jaw line (thus meaning it is hard/calcified material). I had one opinion from an oral surgeon and he stated that there is a 20-30% chance it could be osteosarcoma of the jaw. I am really worried as I have two very young children at home. He scheduled a biopsy for almost 3 weeks from now. I have another appt for a second opinion, but am worrying myself horribly. I am healthy otherwise, dont drink or smoke, etc. I have no pain or any other symptoms. The oral surgeon said my face on that side seems a little swollen to him, but not majorly (I have had TMJ for quite some time- and clench terribly at night) I cant take waiting 3 weeks for the biopsy and then another 2-3wks to get the results. I am having trouble sleeping from all the thoughts that go through my head about my children if it were cancer. Sorry I just have to vent.

The EXACT same thing happened to me today at my dentist visit. He's having an oral surgeon review the xray. Just wondering what your diagnosis was. I'm terrified.

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by wamomma on Fri Jun 04, 2010 05:47 AM

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Me too....makes you worry like crazy! I'm curious on the outcome. How is everything?

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by positive42 on Tue Oct 09, 2012 09:23 PM

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Do any of you have an updates on your stories...PLEASE! My dentist found a mass on my jaw bone today after reviewing a panoramic xray. I was having electrical type tingling down my right jaw, of and on, and have a significant smoking history too. I have a oral surgeon appointment in 2 days...but I am a mess. The dentist said the xray image didn't look like a typical cancer picture?

Please help!! 

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