This medical video looks in the reconstructive treatment you may need after Cancer treatments.
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Jennifer Matthews: Three years ago, Dr. Peter Costantino, found a rare and often fatal tumor in Angela Carrozza's nasal cavity and right eye socket. Dr. Peter Costantino: In the past these tumors either weren't treated or they were treated and the patients were left with pretty deforming or devastating problems. Jennifer Matthews: Dr. Costantino was part of a team of surgeons, each with their own specialty, working together to treat these tumors with minimal scarring, at the same time diminishing the risk of infection. Dr. Peter Costantino: Once we make this incision we can actually take the tissues of the forehead and scalp, turn it down all the way down to the nose, exposing the skull. Jennifer Matthews: Neuro-anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons, head and neck surgeons and reconstructive surgeons work together to remove the tumor then reconstruct the patient's skull and face. Dr. Peter Costantino: If the patient doesn't get hooked up with a team that really does this, they can pay for it with their appearance, their function, recurrence of the tumor, or their very lives. Jennifer Matthews: Today, the only visible sign of Carrozza's surgery is a scar on the top of her head. She says the fact that she still looks the same made recovery easier. Angela Carrozza: Emotionally, it just gave me such great hope and faith that yes, I was going to be OK. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.