Oral Cancer Screening
- Category: General Dentistry
Oral Cancer Check-up, Diagnosis and Treatment
In order to properly diagnose oral cancer, you must see a dentist or doctor. In the unfortunate event that cancer is suspected, name ( Dentist) will refer you to an oncologist (cancer specialist). name ( Dentist) will begin examining your mouth and look over your medical history to best diagnose and devise a treatment plan. If the suggested treatment does not prove effective within two weeks, a biopsy of the area will be taken to test for cancer.
A malignant biopsy will reveal a confirmation of oral cancer. A clinical evaluation will then be performed to assess the grade and stage of the cancer. The cancer may spread to other areas of the mouth and body creating secondary cancers with even greater consequences. The oncologist will perform additional testing such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans to help determine the path of the cancer. The consistency and composition of the oral cancer may be discovered with the use of ultrasounds. After careful diagnosis and testing, name ( Dentist) and doctor will devise a treatment plan based on the available information to best help defeat the oral cancer.
Treatment for oral cancer will be determined by the stage and grade of the cancer, then surgery, chemotherapy (intravenous drugs) or radiation therapy (type of X-ray) will be performed accordingly. In cases where the oral cancer has progressed, treatment may call for surgery to remove tumors in the bone tissue found in the roof of the mouth and jaw. Cancer that has spread to other parts of the body will require the removal of tumors as well in the respected areas. A neck dissection will allow for the removal of tumors within the neck.
When surgical treatment is either not necessary or cannot be performed, specialists may choose radiation therapy or chemotherapy as an alternative. In some cases, a combination of the methods mentioned is used to fight the cancer. For example, sometimes radiation and chemo are additionally used in instances where surgery was unable to remove all of the cancer.
Treatment for oral cancer is often extensive and sometimes requires patients to undergo reconstructive surgery and/or speech therapy to restore the functionality and appearance of the affected regions. Some patients may need additional devices to enable them to speak properly.