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Treatment for oral cancer is usually provided by a team of doctors who are experts in treating head and neck cancers. The team may include a Reference medical oncologist Opens New Window, a Reference head and neck surgeon Opens New Window, an Reference oral (maxillofacial) surgeon Opens New Window, or a Reference radiation oncologist Opens New Window. Depending on your treatment, you may have help from other specialists, such as a Reference speech therapist Opens New Window or a Reference plastic surgeon Opens New Window.
Reference Clinical trials Opens New Window for oral cancer look at new ways to treat oral cancer. Treatments being studied include:
- Reference Chemotherapy Opens New Window.
- Hyperfractionated radiation therapy, which is giving the total dose of radiation therapy in many small treatments, often more than one a day.
- Hyperthermia therapy, where body tissue is heated above normal temperatures. This kills cancer cells or makes them more sensitive to radiation or medicines.
Sometimes a clinical trial offers the best treatment choice. Your medical team will let you know if there is a clinical trial that might be good for you. For more information, see www.cancer.gov/clinical_trials or http://clinicaltrials.gov.
Having cancer can change your life in many ways. For support in managing these changes, see the topic Reference Getting Support When You Have Cancer.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry