Our oncologists and oncology nurse navigators can walk you through treatment options for oral cancer based on your specific diagnosis.
Oral cancer, or mouth cancer, is the growth of abnormal, invasive cells that damage healthy cells on the lips, tongue, inside of the cheeks, gums, or the roof of the mouth and floor of the mouth. It is more prevalent in men, especially those over the age of 50, than in women.
White patches known as leukoplakia can indicate to your physician or dentist that cancer is present, though these are not cancerous themselves. In this instance, your doctor may perform a biopsy. If cancer is found, you may be referred to an oncologist for further testing to determine the cancer’s stage.
A common treatment for oral cancer is surgery, which will remove the cancerous tissue in the mouth and, if necessary, lymph nodes in the neck. In some cases, when larger tumors are present, parts of the jaw or tongue may be removed. Other treatment options may include radiation and/or chemotherapy.