If you are one of the unlucky people who get oral cancer, you may be reading this to try and make sense of what is to come, in your treatment and your life. A cancer diagnosis is a very scary thing. However, do what you can to think positively, because the brilliant minds behind cancer research and treatment are coming up with new ways every day to combat all forms of cancer. Oral cancer is something that is absolutely treatable and beatable. It does not mean that you will lose your life. There are a lot of factors that will determine what kind of treatment you receive. Either way, there are a lot of specialists that will work hard to help you fight it.
What sort of treatment you get is determined by a few factors. Oral cancer does not occur in just one area of the mouth. Different areas call for different treatment. Another factor is the stage at which your cancer has progressed. This is why regular checkups are so important. Oral cancer usually comes in the form of a tumor. The placement of the tumor and the size will vary. There are instances where the tumor will have spread to the esophagus, throat, or neck area. Hopefully, a person will have received medical help before that has happened. Cancer treatment also depends on the patient's wishes. They ultimately call the shots and decide what happens with their body.
Again, oral cancer comes in the form of a tumor, most likely, so the doctor will likely work to remove the tumor and everything around it to ensure the cancer cells do not spread. This includes removing tissue and bone, like the tongue, gums, or jawbone. Oral cancer can get pretty nasty if left untreated. Removing a part of your face will result in disfigurement that several plastic surgeries will be needed if a person wishes to attempt to normalize the damage. In most instances, the damage is not bad enough to need such an invasive procedure, but it can become that bad if left untreated.
Oral cancer is like any other, it will spread, and eventually take over if you let it. if you feel like you may be at increased risk for oral cancer, check with your dentist and doctor to get regular checkups. Finding the cancer early will prevent further damage and increase chances of early remission.
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