Why why WHY are doctors even still doing this procedure in terms of removing ameloblastomas? Isnt a doctor's hippocratic oath to "first do no harm"? This is the easy way out...its not a matter of IF your tumor will return, but when. And, the second time around, will it still be the non-malignant variety or will you be being told you have cancer and that you are going to die, not just have to have part of your jaw and teeth removed? Why chance it?
I just dont understand this at all. I get so angry, because when I had my first ameloblastoma back in high school (it was 1998 and I was a junior) the oral surgeon then didnt say anything about what this was but just scooped it out and sent me home, with no "by the way, this WILL return so be prepared" he just said to "keep an eye on it." I was young and naive, my parents had no idea what this thing was and we all just thought I had dodged a bullet...now that I know so much more I feel angry that I wasnt informed enough about this thing to really make sure I got routine CT scans and health care before it returned with so much vengeance that I lost as much of my lower jaw and teeth as I did. My life wont ever be the same again. To do this to people who have no idea what they are up against is poor medicine, in my opinion.
I have been feeling a little bitter lately...I both loathe and love the ameloblastoma group on yahoo (sorry guys) because every time I open my email I relive what I have been going through the past almost 4 years now. The old fears return every time I read someone's message about finding out they have an amelo.
I am sorry this is not an upbeat post at all after it has been so long, too. Just under a lot of stress from the move and all and the gloomy rain and clouds. Hopefully it passes soon and my next update will be more cheerful. I see the doctors again on April 20th, will update then.