Mouth, Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
Various treatments are available for patients with lip and oral cavity cancer. Some are standard; others are being tested in clinical trials.
Surgery and radiation therapy are the two types of standard treatment for all stages of lip and oral cavity cancer.
Dental implants, a skin graft or other plastic surgery may be needed to repair parts of the mouth, throat or neck after removal of large tumors.
Most lip and oral cavity cancers start in squamous cells, the thin, flat cells that line the lips and oral cavity. These are called squamous cell carcinomas. Cancer cells may spread into deeper tissue as the cancer grows.
The oral cavity includes the: