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Primary Cancer of the Palate

Description of Disability:

The palate is commonly called the roof of the mouth. It is divided into two parts: the bony hard palate in the front, and the fleshy soft palate (called the velum) in the back of the mouth. The hard palate is part of the oral cavity and the soft palate is part of the oropharynx. Early stage soft palate cancers may behave in a relatively indolent manner and remain in the early stages. Most patients do not have palpable cervical lymph nodes, but there is a significant correlation between tumor thickness and nodal disease. Palate cancer is the cancerous growth that affects the roof of your mouth. Cancer can form in either the soft or hard part. Cancer of the palate is a rare condition. It is usually noticed first as mouth ulcer. It is painless in the beginning but can become painful eventually.


Resection of palatal cancer may be limited to the palate itself or involve the alveolus as well. There are various methods of reconstructions ranging from local palatal flaps, buccal mucosal flaps or even tongue flaps; large defects necessitate the use of microsurgical free tissue transfer.

Post operative care: 

Only liquids are given for the first two weeks, then semisolids for another two weeks and then normal diet.


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