Oral cancer survivor: personalized maxillofacial prosthodontist treatment helped me

When Patricia Lines came to MD Anderson for her first appointment in 2012, she was impressed by the way all the different parts of her care team worked together to create her treatment plan. From her oncologist to her surgeon to the oral oncology and maxillofacial prosthetics team, each one of them was familiar with her case and had discussed the best treatment for her squamous cell carcinoma of the premaxilla, a type of oral cancer. Throughout her cancer treatment, they continued to give personal and tailor-made solutions. “During my cancer treatment I was totally at ease with the people taking care of me,” she says. “I knew they were going to do the right thing. I just knew it.”   Choosing MD Anderson for oral cancer treatment Patricia received her diagnosis in August 2012. For years, she had suffered from a chronic infection near her front teeth. No matter how many times it was treated, it kept coming back. Finally, her dentist performed a biopsy. The results showed Patricia had cancer. Local surgeons outlined a neck dissection surgery and a tracheotomy. “That just didn’t sound right to me,” Patricia says. She decided to seek a second opinion at MD Anderson. Here, the first thing she noticed was the coordination of care. Back home in California, she had to travel from facility to facility to talk to an oncologist, then a surgeon and then a dentist. “At MD Anderson, everyone was under one roof,” she says. Her care team recommended that she participate in a clinical trial for a chemotherapy drug, and a complete neck dissection would not be necessary....