Our Approach To Oral Cancer

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What Sets Us Apart

Oral cancer develops in the oral cavity, or mouth. This includes the lining of the cheeks, the front two-thirds of the tongue, the gums, the hard palate, the lips, and the floor of the mouth, which is located under the tongue.

At NYU Langone’s Head and Neck Center, part of the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, surgery is often used to manage oral cancer. Our head and neck surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, and periodontists collaborate to remove oral cancer while preserving your physical appearance and ability to speak and swallow.

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At NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, we personalize the care of every patient.More About Perlmutter Cancer Center

CLINICAL TRIALS and Research Studies
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Our teams of physicians and scientists work together across multiple disciplines to bring our patients the most innovative clinical trials.Find a Clinical Trial

Our medical oncologists, who use medication to treat people who have oral cancer, may also be an integral part of your care. Radiation oncologists offer expertise in both external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy, in which temporary radiation therapy implants are used. These specialists manage newly diagnosed oral cancer as well as recurring cancer. You may be eligible to participate in clinical trials involving new treatment approaches to oral cancer and oral precancerous growths.

Speech and swallowing therapists are available at the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment to help you maintain or regain your ability to speak and swallow. Physicians and physical therapists at Rusk Rehabilitation can also help to manage the side effects of treatment. NYU Langone specialists offer counseling and integrative health services to assist you in coping with the condition.

Treatment at NYU Langone

Surgery is a mainstay of treatment for oral cancer in adults. Our doctors may also recommend radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or the use of other medications to manage oral cancer.

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