For many patients, the prospect of oral cavity or throat cancer recurrence is daunting. At Moffitt Cancer Center, our extraordinary team of dedicated researchers work hard each day to find new, more effective treatments to not only help patients overcome cancer, but to prevent it from coming back. Until there is a definitive cure for cancer, however, the reality is that oral cavity and throat cancer can recur in the months and years that follow treatment. Survivors of one type of cancer can also develop a new, unrelated cancer later.
While it is impossible to predict the recurrence of oral cavity or throat cancer, there are things a patient can do to minimize his or her risk, such as:
- Quit smoking – Tobacco use is a major contributing factor for cancers that develop in the mouth and throat.
- Reduce alcohol consumption – Alcohol can also be a risk factor, especially when combined with tobacco use. Experts suggest a limit of no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight – Obesity has been linked with the development of a wide assortment of cancers. Healthy eating and regular exercise have been shown to help reduce the possibility of cancer recurrence.
At Moffitt Cancer Center’s Head and Neck Oncology Program, our multispecialty team of surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, researchers, and other medical professionals strive to provide innovative, individualized treatment plans. Plus, through our robust clinical trial program, we’re pursuing new treatments and strategies to minimize the development of oral cavity and throat cancers.
If you or someone you love has questions or concerns about the recurrence of oral cavity or throat cancer, consult with one of our oncologists specializing in head and neck cancer by calling 1-888-MOFFITT, or by filling out our online patient registration form. We do not require a referral and can answer any cancer-related questions that you might have.