To be most effective, oral cancer treatment must be customized to the patient. At Moffitt Cancer Center near Clearwater, Florida, the multispecialty team of experts in our renowned Head and Neck Oncology Program works closely with each patient to help ensure that his or her needs are fully met. This is vital because, when detected early and treated appropriately, many forms of oral cancer can be managed effectively and even cured.
Some of the experts in Moffitt’s Head and Neck Oncology Program specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques and advanced radiation delivery methods, which are the gold standard treatment options for many patients. In general, individuals from the Clearwater, FL, area and beyond can receive the following types of oral cancer treatment at Moffitt:
- Surgery – To remove tumors from the oral cavity and evaluate nearby lymph nodes for signs of cancer spread, our surgeons perform highly advanced and complex surgical procedures, including endoscopic laser surgery and robotic-assisted surgery. The goal of surgery is to address the cancer while preserving or restoring as much function as possible. If necessary, a plastic surgeon may enhance a patient’s appearance with skin grafts, dental implants or other reparative options to rebuild parts of the patient’s mouth, face or neck that were affected by surgery.
- Radiation therapy – High-energy X-rays delivered by a linear accelerator (external machine) or radioactive substances implanted near a cancer site can be very effective for treating oral cancer. Radiation therapy used for oral cancer treatment can also help alleviate symptoms for patients who have inoperable tumors, as well as prevent cancer recurrence after surgery.
- Chemotherapy – Powerful chemotherapy drugs can be administered orally or intravenously to prevent the spread of cancerous cells by destroying the cells or inhibiting their ability to grow and divide. This type of treatment may be recommended for a patient who has a tumor that cannot be (or that the patient chooses to not have) surgically removed.
Additionally, in our robust clinical trials program, we offer our patients unique opportunities to access to groundbreaking new oral cancer treatment options, such as tumor growth factor inhibitors. Through initiatives like these, our knowledge base continues to grow, and every day we get closer to finding a cure. In recognition of the progress we’ve made to date, Moffitt has been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute – the only one based in Florida.
If you’d like to learn more about the latest options in oral cancer treatment, the experts at Moffitt are conveniently close to Clearwater, FL. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. We do not require referrals.