Good!!! Im very glad to hear you are thinking of CCCs. You will definitely want to get this taken care of in one shot, killing every single cell, get back on your feet with an easy recovery then you can move on (fingers crossed) you wont ever have to deal with cancer of any kind again. Go with the best medical care you can, put your trust in your doctors to do whats necessary to eliminate the cancer. AT least at CCCs they use a team based approach so all the specialists are working together on each individual case. You dont have to run from doctor to doctor trying to remember who does what and if you told each doc everything you needed to. CCCs have tumor board meets where all the specialists work on each case one at a time, patients and caregivers are able to attend too.

Using a plastic surgeon isnt unheard of around here. Ive done it myself. My situation is very different than others here, I ended up being diagnosed with OC 3 times in 3 yearsI The third time half of my lower jaw needed to be removed which was a very intricate and long surgery. I had 2 ENTs and 2 plastic surgeons doing my 10+ hour surgery in 2009. I know it sounds pretty bad, I dont want you to worry or become concerned about anything other than what you have going on. Im just letting you know most here dont use a plastic surgeon but I have on top of all the other things I had going on, but... thats just me!!! Im one of the very, very few who needed such a radical surgery so please dont worry. Every person is different and will respond in their own unique way to procedures, medications, radiation, etc. Even someone with a similar diagnosis still wouldnt be a good and/or equal comparison.

You have found the very best site to learn about OC!!! OCF is dedicated to helping OC patients and caregivers. You can be certain when reading thru posts here and the tons of info on the main OCF site (link for main OCF site was in my previous reply), the info you read is from a reputable source, is up to date and correct. OCF is one of the very few medical websites that has earned the right to carry the prestigious Health on the Net (HON) badge. Not just any website can meet the hundreds of items required to make our website HON certified. Along with knowing the info is correct rest assured our site is strictly monitored 24/7 to keep any sneaky spammers, web-crawlers or spiders from posting their false cures or trying to sell our members unneeded/unwanted items. OCF does not accept advertising of any kind. When a member is recommending a product, its something we ourselves have used and know it works. Privacy is important to OCF. We guard our members privacy at all times, refusing the never-ending stream of offers to buy our members info and email addresses. Thats just not OCF! Our reputation of having integrity, being honest, and always keeping the best interests of OC patients and caregivers in mind with everything we strive to accomplish. Sorry for my rambling!!!

SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile