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Lady 4 posts since
Oct 6, 2012
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Oct 6, 2012 11:37 PM

Hard lump on lower jawbone, really worried.

I went to the dentist last Monday and she found a hard lump on my lower jaw. I do not have any teeth at all but still have to go for mouth health and denture check although I never wear my bottom dentures. She told me that inside my mouth looks very healthy but I have to go to the hospital to have a specialist look at the lump. She took an xray but still couldnt tell herself.

 

The lump starts directly at the right side of the center of my chin underneath about 3/4 inch inwards from the point of my chin bone and then immeadiately follows allong in line with the edge of my jaw but still underneath, it then feels quite rounded and about 3/4 in diameter so definitely bigger than a pea, more like a raspberry. I had noticed it myself but couldnt remember if I had always had it as it started off less rounded and gradual so I just thought I never realised my jaw was odd sided but I never took much notice when it was growing and only realise now it has increased in size and become more rounded. She asked me when I had noticed it as it wasnt there about 14 months ago when she checked me. I think I noticed it within the last year but its definitely grown quite a bit in a short time. Its hard like bone and feels fixed to my jawbone, I cannot move it.

 

I don't feel pain but wonder if I might have done if I had teeth. I do feel a acheing though and a little discomfort in my jaw but that might be because I keep touching it. I also feel a puckering fluttery feeling around my skin there but I'm wondering if thats because things arent flowing right because of the lump.

 

I'm really quite worried though and I keep thinking it will be cancer because it has increased quite quickly and its hard and fixed. Even if its not cancer would they most likely want to remove it? What will they do at the hospital?

 

I do have lymphedema so my lymph system is not to its best and I do think I might have HPV Virus from about 30 years ago although I never saw a doctor about it and have never had any symptoms sice but looking back now I'm sure I have the virus in my system and I have found from reading that this is a high cause of jaw bone cancer so I'm really worried.

 

Any advice on what to expect would be helpfull, Thanks

janojan 249 posts since
Feb 12, 2011
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1. Oct 7, 2012 4:10 PM in response to: Lady
Re: Hard lump on lower jawbone, really worried.

Hello Lady

I'm sorry you haven't had any replies so far.  I have been on these boards for about 18 months and you are the first person I have seen concerned about jaw cancer and so I suspect there aren't too many around who can advise you.  But we can support you in your waiting which, as we all know, is one of the worst times.  Once they have done their tests and you know what you are facing and what the treatment plan is then you can move on and fight it.   I won't say it gets better because it obviously depends on the diagnosis and prognosis.  I hope you do not have cancer  I read that one of the first signs of jaw cancer is pain, which you say you don't have, so that's a good sign - which you might want to cling on to whilst you are undergoing tests.  If you are diagnosed with it, I hope you will come back here and get as much support and advice as you need.

 

Good luck.

 

Jan

Cancer_Nurse_Jean 167 posts since
Feb 14, 2011
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3. Oct 10, 2012 9:09 AM in response to: Lady
Re: Hard lump on lower jawbone, really worried.

Lady wrote:

 

I went to the dentist last Monday and she found a hard lump on my lower jaw. I do not have any teeth at all but still have to go for mouth health and denture check although I never wear my bottom dentures. She told me that inside my mouth looks very healthy but I have to go to the hospital to have a specialist look at the lump. She took an xray but still couldnt tell herself.

 

The lump starts directly at the right side of the center of my chin underneath about 3/4 inch inwards from the point of my chin bone and then immeadiately follows allong in line with the edge of my jaw but still underneath, it then feels quite rounded and about 3/4 in diameter so definitely bigger than a pea, more like a raspberry. I had noticed it myself but couldnt remember if I had always had it as it started off less rounded and gradual so I just thought I never realised my jaw was odd sided but I never took much notice when it was growing and only realise now it has increased in size and become more rounded. She asked me when I had noticed it as it wasnt there about 14 months ago when she checked me. I think I noticed it within the last year but its definitely grown quite a bit in a short time. Its hard like bone and feels fixed to my jawbone, I cannot move it.

 

 

 

I don't feel pain but wonder if I might have done if I had teeth. I do feel a acheing though and a little discomfort in my jaw but that might be because I keep touching it. I also feel a puckering fluttery feeling around my skin there but I'm wondering if thats because things arent flowing right because of the lump.

 

I'm really quite worried though and I keep thinking it will be cancer because it has increased quite quickly and its hard and fixed. Even if its not cancer would they most likely want to remove it? What will they do at the hospital?

 

I do have lymphedema so my lymph system is not to its best and I do think I might have HPV Virus from about 30 years ago although I never saw a doctor about it and have never had any symptoms sice but looking back now I'm sure I have the virus in my system and I have found from reading that this is a high cause of jaw bone cancer so I'm really worried.

 

Any advice on what to expect would be helpfull, Thanks

 

Hello,

 

Thank you for posting a question. I am sorry to learn that you need to see a specialist at the hospital.  Waiting for tests investigations and the results can be very stressful and so I can understand that this must be a difficult time for you.

 

Unfortunately I cannot really shed any light on what the cause of the lump might be. It is really only a doctor who can examine you who can suggest what is wrong. But many lumps turn out not to be cancer and so hopefully nothing serious is the matter.

 

I am also not sure what will happen at the hospital either as this will depend on what the doctor thinks when they examine you and the type of tissue that the lump is in. By this I mean if it arises from the muscle or fatty tissue in the jaw, the bone or is thought to be an enlarged lymph node.  Each of these situations may be investigated differently.

 

The doctor may suggest removing the lump and sending it to be looked at under a microscope. Sometimes a specialist may take a sample of cells from the lump by inserting a fine needle into it. This is called a fine needle aspiration.

 

Doctors do take tissue samples from bones to help them work out if a bone lump is cancerous or not. But this is generally only carried out in specialist bone treatment centres.

 

I do appreciate that I have not really been able to provide you with much useful information about what might be wrong and about what will happen at the hospital.

 

I do hope that you do not have to wait too long to get your appointment.

 

Kind regards,

Jean

Cancer_Nurse_Jemma 66 posts since
Feb 14, 2011
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5. Oct 22, 2012 11:30 AM in response to: Lady
Re: Hard lump on lower jawbone, really worried.

Hi

 

Thank you for your further post.

 

When you get your appointment will depend on what type of referral your dentist has made. If your dentist was concerned that the lump you have could be cancerous, then they would do an urgent referral and you would be seen within two weeks. However, if the dentist did not feel that an urgent referral was necessary you should have any treatment that is needed within 18 weeks.  Within that time you will see a consultant and have any necessary tests. You can read more information about this here.

 

All dentists have guidelines to help them decide which patients need to be seen urgently. I wonder if it would be possible to speak with your dentist again, to discuss your concerns about the lump getting bigger and your pain and to find out what type of referral was made?

 

I’m sorry I cannot be more helpful on this occasion.

 

Best wishes

 

Jemma

Cancer_Nurse_Caroline 67 posts since
Jan 17, 2012
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7. Oct 24, 2012 2:17 PM in response to: Lady
Re: Hard lump on lower jawbone, really worried.

Thank you for your post,

 

If your situation has changed it might be a good idea to speak to the dentist that referred you and ask them to inform the hospital about the change in your symptoms.  Because you now have pain and it is getting bigger it may that your dentist will ask for you to be seen sooner.  Perhaps you could pop into the surgeryto speak with him or her?

 

I hope this helps and all the best

Caroline.

sandylo 151 posts since
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8. Oct 28, 2012 11:04 AM in response to: Lady
Re: Hard lump on lower jawbone, really worried.

hi there, i had a lump on my gum a few years ago my dentist said it was bone i was really worried but eventually it went on it own and no problem since that was about 18 years ago, good luck regards sandy xx

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