Oral (Mouth) Cancer Treatment
In this article, we have covered the following aspects of Oral Cancer Treatment:
- Best Hospitals treating mouth cancer in India
- Top Oncologists for Oral Cancer treatment
- Cost of oral cancer treatment in India
- Understanding oral cancer
Best Doctors and Hospitals treating mouth cancer in India
Following is a list of the most reputed specialists in India for the treatment of Oral Cancer.
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|Doctor Image||Dr. Name||Specialty||Hospital Associated||Contact Doctor||City|
|Dr. Vinod Raina||Medical Oncologist||Fortis Memorial Research Institute||Gurgaon|
|Dr. Ashok Kumar Vaid||Medical Oncologist||Medanta - The Medicity||Gurgaon|
|Dr. Rakesh Chopra||Medical Oncologist||Artemis Hospital||Gurgaon|
|Dr Rajasundaram||Medical Oncologist||Global Hospitals||Chennai|
|Dr Bellarmine Vincent Lawrence||Medical Oncologist||Global Hospitals||Chennai|
|Dr. Amit Agarwal||Medical Oncologist||BLK Super Specialty Hospital||Delhi|
|Dr. Niti Raizada Narang||Medical Oncologist||Fortis Hospital||Bangalore|
|Dr. Boman Nariman Dhabhar||Medical Oncologist||Wockhardt Hospitals||Mumbai|
Cost of oral cancer treatment
Unfortunately, we are not able to share the cost of this treatment as we are still awaiting response from few hospitals before publishing the cost. However, you may share your medical reports and we will share the cost of treatment from the hospital recommended for you.
Understanding Oral cancer
Oral or mouth cancer also known as oropharyngeal cancer is the abnormal growth of tissue in the oral cavity. It can occur in any part of mouth (lips, gums, tongue, lining of cheeks, roof and floor of mouth), throat, salivary glands, voice box, sinuses and nose.
Risk factors of Oral Cancer
Tobacco intake in any form, smoking, or alcohol puts you 50 times at greater risk of developing cancer in your mouth spreading to cheeks, gums, and lips. Although non-smokers too develop the disease but they are six times at lesser risk. Men have twice the greater chances of having oral cancer than women. The other reasons could be a family history of cancer, excessive sun exposure, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
- Sore in face, neck, or mouth that doesn’t heal
- Chronic hoarseness
- Change in voice
- Ear pain
- Lump, swelling or thickening in mouth, neck, or face
- A white or reddish patch in mouth
- Loose teeth
- Pain or stiffness in tongue or jaw
- Difficulty and pain in chewing or swallowing
- Unexplained bleeding in mouth
- Unexplained numbness, pain, tenderness in any part of face, mouth, or neck
- Change in the way your dentures fit together
- Unexplained weight loss
Diagnosis of Oral Cancer
It is always advisable to go for annual screening for oral cancers. While if you notice any kind of above mentioned changes in your mouth or neck, immediately contact your doctor or dentist for examination. The doctor would first do the physical examination of mouth, throat and neck, and then recommend some tests to diagnose or rule out the possibility of cancer. Diagnostic tests for oral cancer are:
- Oral brush biopsy of suspicious tissue in mouth
- Scalpel biopsy
- Barium swallow
- CT scan, MRI
Stages of Oral Cancer
There are four stages of oral cancer. The stage of the cancer describes the intensity and its spread. The doctors treatment plan is mainly based on its stage and then the other medical factors.
- Stage I (less than 2 cm in size, not spread to lymph nodes)
- Stage II (about 4 cm, yet not spread to surrounding lymph nodes)
- Stage III (about 4 cm, spread to only one lymph node)
- Stage IV (spread around the lip and oral cavity tissues and other parts of the body)
Oral Cancer Treatment
Oral cancer can be treated through surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biological or targeted therapy.
- Mouth Cancer Surgery: Surgery is done in cases of advanced stage mouth cancer or recurrent cancers. The surgical procedure depends on the area or part from where the tumors have to be removed, such as Mandible (jawbone) Resection for tumor in jaws while Mohs Micrographic surgery done when on lips.
- Radiation: Surgery is often followed by radiation, chemotherapy or targeted therapy. In cases of later stage oral cancer surgery, reconstruction of facial/dental parts, oral cavity or adjunctive therapy (to assist in speech, chewing of foods etc.) are also required.
- Chemotherapy: It can be given both before and after the surgery depending on your medical case. Chemotherapy is actually the different doses of drugs (via pills, injections, or IV solutions) administered into the patient to kill the cancer cells and also to prevent further relapse
- Radiation Therapy: It is done often after the mouth cancer surgery to kill cancer cells that may be left after surgery. Radiation therapy is also used along with chemotherapy when treating cancer without surgery.
- Biological therapy: Biological therapy is done to control or destroy cancer cells.
Note (for foreign patients):
Besides South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), every year, India gets thousands of medical tourists from African countries- Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Somalia,Gambia etc and Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Yemen etc. Hence, if you are a citizen of any of these countries, there is good likelihood that you will be meeting some fellow citizens or same language speakers in the major hospitals in India. Almost all the top hospitals have translators for people of these region. Our patient support team is also well placed to assist you.