What is Mouth Cancer?
Mouth cancer, also known as oral cavity cancer, refers to the development of a malignant tumor in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, cheeks, lips, jawbone, gums, roof of the mouth, or under the tongue. There are different types of mouth cancer, depending on the cell type of origin. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking timely medical attention is crucial.
The most common symptoms of mouth cancer include:
- non-healing sores or ulcers
- changes in speech
- growths in the mouth
- difficulty swallowing
- pain while swallowing
Anatomy of the Mouth
At Century ENT, our experienced physicians may perform an in-office biopsy, where a small tissue sample is taken and sent to a laboratory for microscopic evaluation to diagnose cancer. This process allows for a precise diagnosis and ensures that the appropriate treatment plan can be developed.
Several factors increase the risk of developing mouth cancer, including:
- Tobacco use (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and similar products)
- Alcohol use
- Immunosuppression or use of immunosuppressive drugs
- Sun exposure
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Chronic inflammation due to chipped or broken teeth, or fillings
Tailored Treatment Plans
The treatment plan for mouth cancer depends on the tumor’s stage, determined through physical exams and imaging tests such as CT, MRI, and/or PET scans. At Century ENT, your case will be presented at a multidisciplinary tumor board consisting of over 20 providers from various specialties, including ENT, radiation oncology, medical oncology, radiology, pathology, speech and language pathology, and others. This collaborative approach ensures a comprehensive treatment recommendation.
Based on the tumor board’s recommendation, your treatment plan may involve a combination of surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy, tailored to your specific tumor. Our goal is to provide the best chance of a cure while maintaining a good quality of life. If surgery is recommended, our skilled Century ENT specialists may also suggest reconstructive surgery to preserve the form and function of the mouth, minimizing cosmetic deformity and ensuring speech and swallowing functions are maintained.
When it comes to mouth cancer treatment, Century ENT offers expert care and a patient-centered approach. Our dedicated team of specialists will guide you through the entire process, ensuring you receive the most effective treatment while prioritizing your well-being and quality of life.
Take the first step towards combatting mouth cancer by scheduling a consultation with Century ENT. Together, we’ll develop a personalized treatment plan to fight the disease and restore your health.