People with early oral cancer may be treated with surgery or radiation therapy. People with advanced oral cancer may have a combination of treatments. For example, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are often given at the same time. Another treatment option is targeted therapy.
The choice of treatment depends mainly on your general health, where in your mouth or throat the cancer began, the size of the tumor, and whether the cancer has spread.
Many doctors encourage people with oral cancer to consider taking part in a clinical trial. Clinical trials are research studies testing new treatments. They are an important option for people with all stages of oral cancer. See the Taking Part in Cancer Research section.
Your doctor may refer you to a specialist, or you may ask for a referral. Specialists who treat oral cancer include:
- Head and neck surgeons
- Dentists who specialize in surgery of the mouth, face, and jaw (oral and maxillofacial surgeons)
- Ear, nose, and throat doctors (otolaryngologists)
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
Read more: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/oral/page8