Cancer changed me. I see the beauty in all of this. I see life in a different perspective.
Each patient is followed closely by a team of experts including oncologists and radiation oncologists and, when necessary, surgeons, dentists and speech pathologists. These specially trained experts customize your care, including the most advanced therapies with the least impact on your body.
Innovative Treatments Offer Hope
At MD Anderson, your care for oral cancer is personalized and may include surgery, or other treatments such as targeted therapies. If surgery is necessary, you can count on our renowned surgeons, who use the latest, least-invasive techniques.
Oral cancer and its treatment can affect talking, swallowing, eating and breathing. MD Anderson patients with oral cancer receive the expertise of highly skilled head and neck surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, dental oncologists and speech and swallowing specialists, all working together to provide the best chance for successful treatment for oral cancer with the least impact on your body.
We offer new strategies to maintain dental and oral health treatment. Our highly specialized speech pathologists and therapists are among the most experienced in the nation, particularly in the newest methods of voice restoration and speech.
Because early diagnosis gives you the best chance for successful treatment, the Oral Premalignancy Clinic provides a specialized setting for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of precancerous lesions of the oral cavity. New optical techniques, less-invasive alternatives to biopsy, may help find some oral cancers earlier.
And at MD Anderson, you're surrounded by the strength of one of the nation's largest and most experienced comprehensive cancer centers, which has all the services needed to treat the whole person – not just the disease.
Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about oral cancer, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.
Did You Know?
A sore in the mouth that doesn't heal is the most common symptom of oral cancer.
Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer. Learn what methods doctors use to diagnose oral cancer, as well as how they determine its stage.
BY Rita Avila
November 13, 2014
Not too long ago, one of my good friends got hitched and, over a year later, got married to the man of her dreams. It was a gorgeous wedding, and I was extremely happy for her, but it made me think: Am I ever going to get married?
As if dating weren't tricky enough, I have the added pressure of telling any guy I'm interested in that I've had tongue cancer and I still have the scars, the feeding tube and the follow-up appointments...