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Cancer of the Mouth and Throat (cont.)

Mouth and Throat Cancer Follow-up

After surgery, the patient will see the surgeon, radiation oncologist, or both if he or she has received chemotherapy. The patient will also follow-up with the medical oncologist.

The patient will also continue to see the medical oncologist according to a schedule he or she will recommend.

  • The patient may go through staging tests after completing treatment to determine how well the treatment worked and if he or she has any residual cancer.
  • Thereafter, at regular visits, the patient will undergo physical examination and testing to make sure the cancer has not come back and that a new cancer has not appeared.
  • At least five years of follow-up care is recommended, and many people choose to continue these visits indefinitely.
  • The patient should report any new symptoms to the oncologist immediately. The patient should not wait for the next visit.

Speech and swallowing therapy will continue for as long as needed to restore these functions.

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