So I’ve managed to skip over the bits about having CT and a biopsy, that kind of got mixed up with the excitement of birthday parties (children and business) dance shows and weekends away. Anyway today it was back to the hospital for the results and a treatment plan. There was some discussion about what the tumour is, but in the end we were told it is a catchily named keratocycstic odontogenic tumour (KCOT) although we prefer to call her Lurleen, after Lurleen Lumpkin. Much relief all round as this means it’s not cancer. Surgery will be needed to sort it out though. This will involve removing the loose teeth on the right side of my jaw, I think this will be 4-5 teeth. The jaw will then be opened up and the tumour removed and cleaned out with some sort of surgical weedkiller. Then hopefully in the same procedure some bone will be taken from my hip and grafted back into the cavity in my jaw. With luck this will all happen before Christmas, and then next year if the bone grows back ok, I will be able to have new teeth implanted. So all in all the thought of surgery is a bit daunting, and I can’t say I’m looking forward to being without some teeth for a few months but it could have been a lot worse. If you had told me a few weeks ago I would be relieved to be told I only need a bone graft from my hip I would have have thought you were mad!

The main area I have to be concerned about between now and surgery is not putting any undue stress on my jaw, as there is a risk it could fracture, so no toffee for me this Bonfire Night.