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Treatment Options For Oral Cancer

Posted on 4/10/2023 by Candice
Treatment Options For Oral CancerIf you have been diagnosed with oral cancer, you need to know as many facts as possible. This is especially important for people who are newly diagnosed. While having oral cancer is scary, the more quickly you can begin treatment, the greater the odds you will beat cancer. Here is some information about treatment options if you have oral cancer.

About Oral Cancer

Nearly 55,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. Oral cancer can appear in your throat, soft palate, tongue, gums, and cheeks. The people at the highest risk for oral cancer are people who smoke or chew tobacco, but oral cancer can affect anyone. About ? of people who are diagnosed with oral cancer will eventually die from the disease. Early treatment can result in a 90% success rate.

Treatment Options

There are three general treatment plans for oral cancer. Of course, your dentist or oral surgeon may offer you other treatment options, but here is basic information. First, you may opt for surgery. For oral cancer, if you have a lump or a bump, and the cancer is localized, surgery may be the best or easiest option for the removal of your cancer.

Some people who have surgery may also have radiation therapy. Dental patients may get radiation prior to surgery to shrink the tumor first, and then have surgery, for example. Other patients may only need radiation.

There are patients who need to receive chemotherapy or medication to treat their cancers. The medication may be administered intravenously or in pill form. Medications usually work by targeting the cancer cells and killing them.

Talking to the Dentist and Oral Surgeon

No matter which type of oral cancer you have, you need to consult with the dentist, oncologist, and oral surgeon. That way, you will be prepared to fight your oral cancer. Before you make an appointment, be sure and write all of your questions down so that you will be prepared.

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