Sore that will not heal

Patient : My son had a pocket of swelling, about the size of a half dollar on outside of his face in the cheek area, starting about 3-4 months ago. Swelling continued, saw the doctor, but lump was too hard for lancing, so antibiotics were prescribed. Within 3 days, the lump began to seep. Was showing blood, pus and major scabbing on outer edge of area affected. The area has become much smaller and internal swelling is gone, yet there is still a lot of drainage coming from the sore and now it appears that the area is turning black, almost necrotic. Our doctor recommended an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor which we will see tomorrow. I'm not even sure that's the doctor he needs, but I do not want to second guess our doctor. Basic question I have is this. Any ideas on what this could be? It has been such a long time with this and while it is reduced in size, I am not seeing any good signs of healing. I am concerned about cancer and at the very least, some deep scarring. I worry every day. He's 23 years old, non-smoker, physically active, and rarely uses alcohol, and when used it is mostly beer. Please help.
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