Facial and Oral Cancer
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is one of the most troubling times in a patient’s life. Cancer of the face or mouth strikes at the source of a patient’s identity and involves much of who we are. Our doctors recognize the emotional challenges faced by cancer patients, and strive to care for his patients with the highest level of compassion as well as the most advanced techniques. Dr. Shirley is one of the few Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Texas who is fellowship-trained in surgical removal of head & neck cancers and microvascular reconstruction.
Facial skin lesions are common but sometimes require a biopsy to determine if cancer is present. When detected early, most forms of skin cancer are readily treatable. While small skin cancers are often removed in the office, some may require treatment in the operating room. Dr. Shirley is experienced in both the removal of skin cancer and reconstruction to achieve the best cosmetic and functional results.
Most forms of cancer in the mouth are discovered as an ulcer or sore that will not heal. A biopsy is required to establish a diagnosis, since other non-cancerous lesions can look very similar. Although most oral cancers are best treated with surgery, other specialists in Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology are often involved. Dr. Shirley works closely with other doctors to coordinate the best possible care. Additional specialists may include Speech Therapists, General Dentists, and Prosthodontists. Dr. Shirley can facilitate your care wether it be here locally or require treatment in Shreveport. Allowing you to follow up close to home.