dentist found mass in xray

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by steveb50 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 08:25 PM

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I would suggest you call the nearest big hospital with a cancer clinic and see a head & neck oncologist.

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by clememj on Fri Dec 13, 2013 08:25 PM

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Do not WAIT find another dr. one sho cares. docs will put you off because its not them with the mass. you need to take care of it NOW! we just found a mass on my wife brain and it was gbm stage 4. 1-6 months left! if we could have found it sooner the life line could have been a lot longer!

DONT WAIT!

go to ER have them xray it and refer right then.....

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by emifriend on Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:54 PM

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Yea! I love a good report!

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by FranLazerov on Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:00 PM

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Call the ent and see if they can  move the appt up, or if they will not or cannot,  get another ent.  Don't wait around. 

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by ClarenceY on Sat Dec 14, 2013 01:33 AM

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Hi-

I understand that you got a good report. In many respects, I had something similar except my  mass was at the base of my tongue, and it was very advanced cancer. I really think you should get a 2nd opinion; I do not understand why there was no needle biopsy. You should go to a teaching hospital for evaluation. I was treated at Georgetown in Washington. Mayo would be great. I have experience with MD Anderson in Houston, which is perhaps the best in the world. An ENT is one thing; an ENT that has done a 2-year cancer fellowship at MD Anderson is a completely different doctor. Don't get yourself worked up and overly worried, but you really should get 2nd opinion.

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by ClarenceY on Sat Dec 14, 2013 01:42 AM

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BTW, I initially went to an Internist. My cancer at the base of my tongue was 3.5 cm (gold ball size) and did not show up on an x-ray and the doctor was going to treat as an infected lymph node. My brother-in-law is an ENT ina different city and he insisted that I see a cancer trained ENT at Georgetown, which led to a needle biopsy, then to a CAT/PET.

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by lalofgren on Sat Dec 14, 2013 07:01 PM

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Do not  waste any time and this is your life.  Definitely contact the Mayo Clinic or even the Cancer Treatment Centres of America - you need to get this checked and very soon.  You may have to travel, but all have places to stay that are for patients and relatives if treatment is necessary.  I would also suggest Emory Winslip in Atlanta.  All the best and here's the glass half full.  Do not ever give up from someone who has been through cancer, chemo, surgeries and now 4yrs cancer free from a very agressive cancer.

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by jacksonsgrandma on Tue Dec 17, 2013 08:26 PM

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I don't understand why he is not looking at the mass on my gum, it feels like it's moving and changing shape. He said it's a bone but, bone don't chane shape in a quickly manner. I am taking antibiotics,  I wonder if it's changing the size but it's still present.  The doctor states a cyst but, the location is not the same as the mass, if I am understanding correctly.  I will see the ENT doctor on jan. 2nd,  I think I am going to get frimer with him. There is a lot of questions he is not answering.  Like, why is he not doing a biopsy,  not focusing on the mass on gum, etc.

RE: dentist found mass in xray

by ClarenceY on Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:14 PM

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If you suspect something then you need to have a cancer-trained ENT look at it. You will not have to ask him to do anything - he will automatically do a needle biopsy (no big deal, painless) and if necessary get at CAT/PET. You will probably find one at a teaching/research hospital like MD Anderson. I felt a BB sized bump under my skin when shaving; it moved around. I did not think it was normal and asked my internist to look at it a week after my discovery. He sent me for an xray; nothing showed up so he concluded it was an infected lymph node, and prescribed an antibiotic. I mentioned to my broter-in-law (ENT in anoter city) and e told me to see hisfriend at Georgetown hospital (ENT wit MD Anderson Cancer fellowsip).  internest did a needle biopsy, sent it down the hall and waited 15 minutes,then came back with the results (1) squamous cell carcinoma (2) had metastasized from some other location because squamous requires oxyget to get started (3) Stage 4, because by definition cancer of one organ system that metastasizes to another organ above the shoulders is stage 4.
Radiation with simultaneous chemo, followed by 11-hour operation was something I'll never forget but I did survive and 6 years later I'm in much better physical condition than before the cancer. Yes, some people survive stage 4.
This should not send you into a panic because more than likely you do not have cancer - but you might, and the thing to do now is find out for sure because you don't usually get a 2nd chance to be wrong - get an appointment with a canter-trained ENT at a teaching research cancer hospital like Anderson, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo somewhere, Georgetown, Sloan, Duke, Johns Hopkins.

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by jacksonsgrandma on Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:49 AM

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I do agree with you and I going to take your wonderful advice.  I am going to keep the ENT specialist including cancer specialist for jan. I do like the 2nd opinion doctor. 

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