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Oral Cancers

Oral Cancers: Risk Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment | SingHealth Duke-NUS Head and Neck Centre

Oral Cancers - How to prevent?

Oral Cancers - Treatments

How do we treat oral cancers?

All cases will be discussed at the multidisciplinary tumour board where the best recommended treatment options will be detailed. Treatment modality depends on:

  1. Age and general health of the patient
  2. Extent of the oral cavity lesion infiltration
  3. Stage of the cancer
  4. Patient’s expectations and preferences

The preferred treatment is surgery of the oral cavity cancer and the associated lymphatic/nodal drainage pathway in the neck. The surgical defect may require reconstruction to ensure a functional and cosmetic outcome (refer to chapter on Head & Neck Reconstruction). Postoperative radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy will be decided based on tumour characteristics.

Even after completing treatment of the cancer, patients often have to undergo months of rehabilitation as surgery can result in altered speech and swallowing. Hence, intensive speech and swallowing therapy as well as regular dietician review is to be expected by our patients.

Oral Cancers - Preparing for surgery

Oral Cancers - Post-surgery care

Oral Cancers - Other Information

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