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#196425 - 05/13/18 05:49 AM ENT or Oral Surgeon?  
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Waiting on biopsy results on Monday from two biopsies done by my oral surgeon. If they show Orally cancer, do you recommend an ENT or oral surgeon for any necessary surgery. My dental policy paid for the biopsies. Would my medical pay for ENT?

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#196428 - 05/13/18 11:45 AM Re: ENT or Oral Surgeon? [Re: Mandymphs]  
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Cancer should be covered under medical insurance. Biopsies are a medical procedure and covered by medical as well. It depends on how things get coded,

I would advise you to see an ENT who specializes in treating oral cancer patients. You do not want the kind of ENT who primarily puts tube in childrens ears. Oral surgeons dont always treat oral cancer patients. Many treat a wide variety of things like TMJ, wisdom teeth removals, etc, If you havent already been seen by an oncologist that should be one of your first steps. When being treated at a comprehensive cancer center, a team based approach is used with all the doctors meeting together at a "tumor board meeting". Together they will create an individual treatment plan for each case, That should be done prior to setting up for surgery. You will want to know what the big picture is specifically for you, and what is the best way to eliminate your cancer.


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#196435 - 05/13/18 09:57 PM Re: ENT or Oral Surgeon? [Re: Mandymphs]  
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I live in Memphis, does anyone know of a Comprehensive Cancer Center nearby?


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#196436 - 05/14/18 12:20 AM Re: ENT or Oral Surgeon? [Re: Mandymphs]  
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No, I don’t, but I don’t live in the area. The closest top cancer center is Vanderbilt, in Nashville, about 200 miles away from Memphis. It’s a NCI and NCCN designated cancer center that’s on the U.S. News Reports Best Hospitals too. They have a 36 room Hope Lodge in Nashville where you and a guest can stay for free, depending on availability, but can stay alone too with a doctors approval, but it’s discouraged. I stayed at the NYC hope lodge for 8 weeks, and can say their tops!

Insurance permitting, you can pretty much go to any top cancsr in the U.S., if you want, which is my recommendation, and been treated myself at several, which high volume hospitals have better outcome too.

https://www.cancer.gov/research/nci-role/cancer-centers/find

https://www.nccn.org/members/network.aspx

https://www.usnews.com/info/blogs/p...us-news-announces-2017-18-best-hospitals

https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/cancer/

I hope this helps.


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