Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Oral Cancer Treatment

The treatment for mouth cancer depends on the type of the cancer and whether the cancer has spread. Treatment usually includes some combination of surgery and radiation therapy.

The treatment options for mouth cancer includes:

Oral Cancer Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for mouth cancer.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need speech therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • Are my children at risk for this condition?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Oral Cancer Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat mouth cancer:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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