Saving Faces researchers have made great progress with the
multi-centre mouth cancer trial, SEND, an acronym for selective elective neck
dissection. The trial will compare the two most commonly used surgical
treatments for small mouth cancers to determine which is better at preventing
the cancer returning and which provides patients with a better quality of life.
Forty surgeons from centres around the UK are taking part in the study and the first patient was treated in
June. A SEND tissue bank is currently being set up so that in the future the
genetic basis of these tumours can be investigated. New developments in this
field may lead to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of oral squamous
cell carcinoma and other less common mouth cancers.
Woodford Green resident, Lalinder Bansal, and her family raised more than
£11,000 for Saving Faces. Mrs Bansal underwent complicated reconstructive surgery
at the end of last year as a result of being diagnosed with tongue cancer. The
two surgeons who operated on Mrs Bansal accepted the donation on behalf of
Saving Faces. Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, Leo Cheng, commented
that “the support of their families is one of the most important things
for people diagnosed with this kind of cancer; it helps them to stay positive
and speeds their recovery”. Iain Hutchison, the founder of Saving Faces
and the other Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, said that “the
research now being conducted by Saving Faces will in future direct the way
surgeons perform surgery on patients”. He added that “the funds
raised by the Bansal family will enable our researchers to recruit more
patients to our clinical trials and will enable us to go to more schools to
tell teenagers what binge drinking and smoking will do to them”. Mrs.
Bansal’s husband, Nasib, thanked the surgeons and indicated that they
planned more fundraising activities in aid of Saving Faces.