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What happens after surgery for ameloblastoma?

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After surgery, you'll have a CT scan to make sure the tumor is gone. You should have follow-up scans for the next five years or so to make sure it's not growing back. If a tumor does come back, it's more likely to become cancer. If it spreads to other parts of your body, radiation is usually recommended to slow or stop its growth. Scientists hope to find new treatments that can shrink these tumors without surgery. They're testing drugs that fight cancers linked to similar problem genes to see if they have the same effects on ameloblastomas.

From: What Is Ameloblastoma? WebMD Medical Reference

 

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National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Ameloblastoma."

Mayo Clinic: "Ameloblastoma."

News release, Stanford Medicine.

McClary, A. . Published online April 30, 2015. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 28, 2018

 

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Ameloblastoma."

Mayo Clinic: "Ameloblastoma."

News release, Stanford Medicine.

McClary, A. . Published online April 30, 2015. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

Singh, M. . 2014. Case Reports in Dentistry

Nakasato, S. . July 1991. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dandriyal, R. . January -- June 2011. National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery

 

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 28, 2018

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