20 Jun What is Included in Your Oral Cancer Treatment Plan?
So, your dentist has told you that you have oral cancer – now what? You’ll be happy to know that there are more treatments available for oral cancer than ever before, and when caught early, these methods can be highly effective.
It is important that you take an active role in your treatment and work with your dentist and oral surgeon to find the right treatment plan.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TREATMENT
The treatment plan for you will depend on a variety of factors, including the location and size of the tumor. The extent or stage of the disease will also make a major difference in which treatment method will work best for you, but you will also have to keep in mind the state of your overall health, the location in which the cancer began, and whether or not it has spread.
This may involve working with both your dentist and your physician in order to get a better understanding of your disease.
AVAILABLE TREATMENT OPTIONS
There are three main treatment options available for oral cancer, and in many cases, your treatment plan could combine two or more options:
- Surgery. This will remove the tumor and any lymph nodes to which the cancer may have spread.
- Chemotherapy. In order to reduce the risk of the cancer spreading, chemotherapy can be used to kill cancer cells.
- Radiation therapy. This treatment kills cancer cells with the use of X-rays. It can shrink a tumor prior to surgery so that the surgery is less invasive, or radiation therapy can be used to rid the body of remaining cancer cells following a surgery.
Every day, doctors and researchers are coming up with more methods of treating cancer, and the chance of success is better than ever. Contact our office today to find out more about potential treatments.