Cancer of the Mouth and Throat (cont.)
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Are There Clinical Trials for Oral Cancer?
As with other types of cancers, some patients may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial as part of their treatment plan. These are medically supervised studies that evaluate new treatments or new combinations of treatments.
When Is Follow-up Needed After Treatment of Mouth and Throat Cancer?
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.
Speech and swallowing therapy will continue for as long as needed to restore these functions.
Is It Possible to Prevent Mouth and Throat Cancer?
The best way to prevent head and neck cancer is to avoid the risk factors.
The patient should ask his or her dentist or primary care professional to check their oral cavity and pharynx regularly to look for precancerous lesions and other abnormalities. The patient should report any symptoms such as persistent pain, hoarseness, bleeding, or difficulty swallowing.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/13/2017
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