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Oral Cancer

Cancer arising from the mouth is called oral cancer. These include cancers of the lips, tongue, floor of the mouth and hard and soft palate. Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers seen in India. It is caused mainly by tobacco consumption either in the form of:

  • Smoke – Cigarettes, beedis
  • Spirits – Alcohol consumption
  • Spices – Chewing tobacco or smokeless tobacco like paan, Gutka and khat
  • Sharp tooth – irritation

Oral cancers usually present as abnormal growth or ulcer in the mouth. The diagnosis is made by doing a biopsy of the growth or ulcer. If cancer is confirmed on the biopsy, then usually scans such as CT scans, MRI scans, or PET CT scans are done to assess the extent and spread of cancer.

Treatment of Oral Cancer

Our multidisciplinary care team of head and neck oncologists in Bangalore works with patients to help them make informed decisions about their treatment options, while also offering therapies to control potential side effects.

  • Surgery: Surgery forms the mainstay of treatment in oral cancers that have not spread to other organs in the body. A specialist surgeon who is trained in cancer surgery usually performs this surgery with the intention of removing cancer completely with a clear margin. 
  • Radiation Therapy: Depending upon the extent of the cancer involvement, Radiotherapy may be required after surgery to reduce the chances of cancer coming back. Occasionally if the surgery cannot be done, then Radiotherapy remains the mainstay of treatment. 
  • Chemotherapy/Targeted Therapy/Immunotherapy: Chemotherapy is frequently combined with surgery and radiation to improve local control. Single-agent chemotherapy is usually delivered during radiation therapy. In some cases, chemotherapy may be helpful before radiation treatment or surgery. This type of therapy is called neoadjuvant chemotherapy and usually is a combination of 2 or 3 drugs.

Targeted therapy can be given as a single agent or with chemotherapy. It can be used along with radiation therapy as well.

In oral cancers that have spread, immunotherapy can be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy and Radiation therapy.

Cancer Therapy India has a team of dedicated cancer specialists working at one of the best cancer hospital in Bangalore having extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every kind of cancer. The goal of the cancer team is to ensure people can receive the most appropriate oral cancer treatment in Bangalore while minimizing their risk of complications.

Oral cancer specialist in Bangalore at Cancer Therapy are specialized in diseases of the gums and related tissue in the mouth. They are experts in diagnosing and treating all types of cancers of the face, mouth, jaws and neck.

FAQ

What is Oral Cancer?

Mouth cancer or oral cancer occurs in the mouth that includes the cancers of the tongue, lips, floor of the mouth, cheeks, sinuses, and pharynx. It can be dangerous or life-threatening if not detected and treated early. Early-stage oral cancer has a high chance of cured if treated properly.

How is Oral Cancer Treated?

Oral cancer is treated in a similar manner as other cancers are treated with surgery. Surgery is performed to stop or remove the cancerous growth, followed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy to kill any remaining cancer cells.

How quickly does oral cancer develop?

Oral cancer is more common in people over the age of 50, because this type of cancer takes a long time to develop. However, the number of cases associated with HPV and oral cancer has increased over time, putting younger people at greater risk.

Where does mouth cancer usually start?

Mouth cancers usually begin in squamous cells which line your lips and inside of your mouth. Cancer Therapy India offers the best mouth cancer treatment in Bangalore which begins with a small ulcer or lump on the tongue, cheek or gums.

Is oral cancer treatable if caught early?

Oral cancer is most common and can be cured if diagnosed and treated at an early stage. Dentists can often detect oral cancer in its early stages as the mouth and lips are easily examined.  The most common type of oral cancer that is usually diagnosed in people is Squamous cell carcinoma.

Where is Oral cancer most commonly found?

The following are the most common sites of cancer in the oral cavity:

  • Tongue
  • Tonsils
  • Oropharynx
  • Gums
  • Floor of the mouth

Does mouth cancer grow rapidly?

Squamous cell carcinomas account for the vast majority of oral cancers. These cancers have the ability to spread quickly.

What were your first oral cancer symptoms?

  • Sore on the lip or mouth
  • Reddish or white patch on the inner side of your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • A lump or growth inside your mouth

What is the leading cause of oral cancer?

Tobacco use is a major risk factor for head and neck cancers, including oropharyngeal and oral cavity cancer. People who smoke have a higher risk of developing these cancers than those who do not.

How do you detect oral cancer?

To diagnose oral or oropharyngeal cancer, the following tests may be used:

  • Physical examination
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsy
  • Oral brush biopsy
  • HPV testing
  • X-ray
  • Barium swallow/modified barium swallow
  • Computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan

Whom should I see if I think I might have oral cancer?

If you have an oral cancer symptom that lasts more than two weeks, consider requesting a diagnostic evaluation with an oncologist or otolaryngologist (ENT) who specialises in treating diseases of the mouth and throat. When oral cancer is detected early, it is more treatable. Cancer Therapy India has the best team of oncologists to treat this type of cancer.

Can oral cancer be cured completely?

If your cancer has not spread beyond the mouth or the part of the throat at the back of your mouth (oropharynx) a complete cure may be possible by performing surgery alone. If your cancer is advanced or has spread to your neck, you may require a combination of surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy.

Looking for the best oral cancer doctor in Bangalore? Contact the best mouth cancer hospital in Bangalore near you or visit Cancer Therapy India for the right guidance and treatment.

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