To the middle-aged school teacher who had recently had her nose removed because of malignant disease, the thought of facing her young charges the next month was a frightening experience. Fortunately, the confrontation never came. A prosethetic nose constructed of a soft plastic and tinted to match the patient's complexion was fabricated in a matter of days prior to school opening. The teacher could now comfortably continue gainful employment and contribute to society while awaiting plastic reconstructive surgery. This is not a hypothetical case. This is one of many cases in our experience at the University of Texas at Houston Dental Branch, and MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. The maxillofacial prosthetic service, working closely and within the section of head and neck surgery, has rendered valuable aid in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with head and neck cancer.
Approximately 21% of those patients treated for head and neck