BAOMS Chair Patrick Magennis comments on the SEND publication in The OTJ Journal November 2019 issue

“This open access paper funded by charity Saving Faces and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is ground-breaking. OMFS cancer surgeons from all over the UK were involved in the study, and British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) is proud that this research was completed and published.

The study was possible because of a unique collaboration between 68 UK-based surgeons treating 614 patients at 27 UK hospitals. The research compared leaving or taking out neck glands that did not have obvious secondary cancers at the same time as removing the patient’s small mouth cancer. OMFS know that between 20 and 30 in every 100 patients with small mouth cancers have tiny microscopic cancer deposits in their neck glands that can’t be picked up by any scanners. Now OMFS have the evidence about the risks and benefits of removing the neck glands in early mouth cancer. This information will help patients participate in decisions about their treatment.

To mis-quote John F Kennedy in this the 50th anniversary year of the moon landings, OMFS surgeons want to do randomised surgical trials ‘not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone’.

This paper is a credit to all involved.”

– Patrick Magennis, British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) Chair and Saving Faces Deputy Chair of Trustees

Click here to read more about the SEND paper.

Click here to read the full November 2019 issue of The Operating Theatre Journal.

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Saving Faces SEND Study Publication Interview with Prof Iain Hutchison – BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, 24 October 2019

Listen to Prof Iain Hutchison on BBC Radio 4 The Today Programme with Sarah Smith discussing the ground breaking results of the SEND study, funded by Cancer Research UK, Elliott Bernerd and Saving Faces.

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Preventing Domestic Violence – The Hippocratic Post , 18 January 2018

“Some of the most terrible facial injuries I have ever had to deal with have been due to domestic violence. What starts with a slap and an apology can quickly escalate until a woman is regularly being injured, sometimes at risk to her life. I’ll never forget one woman who was brought into theatre with stab wounds covering her face and neck as well as her abdomen. She died of blood loss.”

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The Woman With No Face featuring Tambu Makinzi – Channel 5 & Netflix, 14 September 2015

Tambu Makinzi before and after her diagnosis of a rare form of bone cancer, chondrosacoma

Tambu Makinzi is a 27 year old mum of one from Zimbabwe and lives in Cape Town South Africa. She has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called chondrosacoma. This cancer caused the cartilage in her face to grow out of control, which also caused her to lose sight in one eye. A new documentary about her struggle airs tonight (Monday 14th September 2015) at 10pm on Channel 5.

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