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Woman's missing jaw regrown by 9cm after cancer

From BBC - April 11, 2018

A woman who lost her jaw to cancer has had it regrown from her own skin and bone.

Val Blunden had the bottom of her mouth and chin destroyed by cancer more than two years ago.

The 55-year-old was left unable to eat, drink and talk, taking early retirement from her job as a postwoman.

Using new treatment, surgeons from Nottingham and Wolverhampton have reconstructed her jaw by "stretching" her own tissue and bone around a frame.

Known as distraction osteogenesis, the process has been around for a number of years but never been used in this way before, Dilip Srinivasan, maxillofacial surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, said.

A frame built at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham has acted as "scaffolding", and since an operation in January the jaw has grown 9cm.

It is hoped the final surgery to remove the frame will take place in May.

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