Cancer of the Mouth and Throat (cont.)
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Mouth and Throat Cancer Prognosis
The prognosis of oral cancer is dependent upon many factors, including the exact type and stage of the tumor, the type of treatment that is chosen, and the overall health status of the patient. The average 5-year survival rate for all people who undergo treatment for head and neck cancer has been reported at approximately 61%. The 5-year survival rate for people diagnosed with localized cancers of the oral cavity is about 82%. When the cancer has spread to distant sites, the 5-year survival rate drops to about 33%. More accurate percentages and survival statistics depend on the tumor location, staging, type of treatment, and the presence of other medical conditions.
People with a mouth and throat cancer have a chance of developing another head and neck cancer or cancer in a neighboring region such as the voice box (larynx) or esophagus (the tube between the throat and the stomach). Regular follow-up examinations and prevention are extremely important.
Support Groups and Counseling for Mouth and Throat Cancer
Upon completion of cancer treatment, the patient should request a survivorship care plan. Such a plan will include a summary of the treatments that they received. It will also outline further recommended followup appointments, scans, and other tests anticipated. Living with cancer presents many new challenges for the patient and for his or her family and friends.
For most people with cancer, talking about their feelings and concerns helps.
Medically reviewed by Jay B. Zatzkin, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Medical Oncology
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2016
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