Oral Cancer (Mouth Cancer) Directory
Oral cancer can develop in any part of the mouth, including on the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth, sinuses, and throat. Risk factors for oral cancer include smoking or spit (chewing) tobacco and excessive use of alcohol. Oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. It is important to check regularly for symptoms of oral cancer, such as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. If you see something that looks suspicious, make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how oral cancer is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Oropharyngeal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Treatment Options by Stage
A link to a list of current clinical trials is included for each treatment section. For some types or stages of cancer, there may not be any trials listed. Check with your doctor for clinical trials that are not listed here but may be right for you.Stage I Oropharyngeal CancerTreatment of stage I oropharyngeal cancer may include the following:Radiation therapy.Surgery.Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage I oropharyngeal cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.Stage II Oropharyngeal CancerTreatment of stage II oropharyngeal cancer may include the following:Radiation therapy (external radiation therapy and/or internal radiation therapy).Surgery.Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer
Oropharyngeal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Treatment Option Overview
There are different types of treatment for patients with oropharyngeal cancer. Different types of treatment are available for patients with oropharyngeal cancer. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials. A treatment clinical trial is a research study meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for patients with cancer. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment. Patients may want to think about taking part in a clinical trial. Some clinical trials are open only to patients who have not started treatment.Patients with oropharyngeal cancer should have their treatment planned by a team of doctors with expertise in treating head and neck cancer.The patient's treatment will be overseen by a medical oncologist, a doctor who specializes in treating people with cancer. Because the oropharynx helps
Oropharyngeal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-To Learn More About Oropharyngeal Cancer
Treatment of recurrent oropharyngeal cancer may include the following:Radiation therapy.Surgery.A clinical trial of chemotherapy.A clinical trial of hyperthermia therapy.Following treatment, it is important to have careful head and neck examinations to look for recurrence. Check-ups will be done monthly in the first year, every 2 months in the second year, every 3 months in the third year, and every 6 months thereafter. Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent oropharyngeal cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.
Oropharyngeal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Stages of Oropharyngeal Cancer
After oropharyngeal cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the oropharynx or to other parts of the body. The process used to find out if cancer has spread within the oropharynx or to other parts of the body is called staging. The information gathered from the staging process determines the stage of the disease. It is important to know the stage in order to plan treatment. The results of some of the tests used to diagnose oropharyngeal cancer are often used to stage the disease.There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body.The three ways that cancer spreads in the body are:Through tissue. Cancer invades the surrounding normal tissue.Through the lymph system. Cancer invades the lymph system and travels through the lymph vessels to other places in the body.Through the blood. Cancer invades the veins and capillaries and travels through the blood to other places in the body.When cancer cells break away from the primary (original)
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