The complex procedure, known as a “Jaw in a Day,” has been performed in only a few highly specialized centers in the world. Smith’s procedure, performed in August at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, was the first on the West Coast.
Amber Watters, DDS, a dental oncologist with Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program and Clinic, has opened a clinical study of a device that could lessen the effects of trismus, even in patients years or decades out from their diagnosis and treatment.
Providence Cancer Center has ramped up its fight against oral, head and neck cancer with two new research grants totaling more than half a million dollars.
Unique to the Northwest, the new multidisciplinary clinic bridges the gap between medicine and dentistry for patients with oral, head and neck cancers.
Dr. Bryan Bell from Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Clinic explains why.
Providence researchers will focus on biomarkers and vaccines to help fight the disease.
When an orthopedic surgeon told Becky Roth, a lifelong jogger, that she would never run again after cancer-related surgery on her legs, Roth told herself, "I'm going to prove him wrong."