Can oral cancer be cured completely?
If the cancer has not spread beyond the mouth or the part of your throat at the back of your mouth (oropharynx) a complete cure may be possible using surgery alone. If the cancer is large or has spread to your neck, a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy may be needed.
How long can you live with oral cancer?
Overall, 60 percent of all people with oral cancer will survive for five years or more. The earlier the stage at diagnosis, the higher the chance of survival after treatment. In fact, the five-year overall survival rate in those with stage 1 and 2 oral cancers is typically 70 to 90 percent.
Does oral cancer spread quickly?
Most oral cancers are a type called squamous cell carcinoma. These cancers tend to spread quickly. Smoking and other tobacco use are linked to most cases of oral cancer. Heavy alcohol use also increases the risk for oral cancer.
Where does mouth cancer usually start?
Mouth cancers most commonly begin in the flat, thin cells (squamous cells) that line your lips and the inside of your mouth.
What is the last stage of mouth cancer?
Stage IV is the most advanced stage of mouth cancer. It may be any size, but it has spread to: nearby tissue, such as the jaw or other parts of the oral cavity.
What happens if oral cancer is left untreated?
If left untreated, there is a high chance of the cells developing into a cancer. Your doctor may completely remove the cancer cells during a biopsy if the affected area is very small. Or you may need to have minor surgery. Your doctor removes the cancer cells by taking a thin layer of tissue from the affected area.
Is oral cancer painful?
In the early stages, mouth cancer rarely causes any pain. Abnormal cell growth usually appears as flat patches. A canker sore looks like an ulcer, usually with a depression in the center. The middle of the canker sore may appear white, gray, or yellow, and the edges are red.
Can mouth cancer spread by kissing?
There remains no solid evidence on whether kissing can increase risk of developing oral cancer. Still, it is important to take necessary precautions to protect yourself, and kiss your loved one at the same time.
How long does it take to recover from mouth cancer surgery?
Most people can go home a few days after surgery for oral cancer. If needed, you’ll be taught how to take care of any dressings, tubes, or drains before you go home. It will most likely take you several weeks to feel better. Once you’ve left the hospital, you’ll likely still need some special care as you recover.