At Moffitt Cancer Center near St. Petersburg, FL, oral cancer treatment is fully customized by a multispecialty team of experts in our distinguished Head and Neck Oncology Program. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, we thoroughly evaluate each patient, then work closely with him or her to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. While each patient is unique, our ultimate goals are always the same: to achieve the best possible outcome, manage any side effects of treatment and enhance the patient’s quality of life by helping him or her remain strong, both physically and emotionally.
Moffitt provides individuals who live near St. Petersburg, Florida, with easy access to a high-volume cancer center. This is significant because, among other things, it means that our surgeons perform many complex procedures and have highly refined skills. Because oral cancer treatment can affect many vital functions, such as speaking, breathing and swallowing, a surgeon’s expertise is paramount. Many patients turn to Moffitt for the added peace of mind that we can provide.
Depending on a patient’s needs, he or she may be treated by experts in head and neck surgery, medical and radiation oncology, dentistry, oral surgery, reconstructive surgery, nutrition services, speech therapy or swallowing therapy. The main types of oral cancer treatment are available at Moffitt include:
- Surgery – Our surgeons perform highly advanced and complex techniques, including minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic laser surgery and robotic-assisted surgery, to remove tumors from the oral cavity. With a high level of precision, we aim to remove as much cancer as safely possible while preserving or restoring both function and appearance.
- Chemotherapy – Chemo drugs may be used to shrink tumors that cannot be completely removed or to alleviate symptoms if surgery could potentially result in a significant functional impairment. Chemotherapy can also be used along with radiation therapy to enhance its effectiveness.
- Radiation therapy – Radiation treatment is often recommended for patients who have inoperable tumors or would experience problematic side effects from surgical oral cancer treatment.
At Moffitt, our active research program is specifically designed to quickly and directly connect our scientific advances to therapeutic initiatives that can benefit our patients. For instance, we are studying the role of certain genes in the development of oral cancer, and using the knowledge we gain from this study to develop new oral cancer treatment options to target those genes. Through our clinical trials program, our patients can benefit from promising new therapies like these, which aren’t yet available anywhere else.
If you’d like to learn more about oral cancer treatment, the experts at Moffitt are right across the bridge from St. Petersburg, FL. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. We do not require referrals.