13 doctors weighed in:
Is chemo ever an option for oral cancer?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not standardly
Chemotherapy alone is not a standard first treatment option for oral cancer.
The standard options include surgery or radiation.

In brief: Not standardly
Chemotherapy alone is not a standard first treatment option for oral cancer.
The standard options include surgery or radiation.
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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Dr. Babak Jouhari
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes it is most of the time after surgical removal and radiation.

In brief: Yes
Yes it is most of the time after surgical removal and radiation.
Dr. Babak Jouhari
Dr. Babak Jouhari
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Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
Oral cancer is just a location.
The treatment for oral cancers like other types is vast...Surgical, radiation and chemo. They are making great strides in cancer work so think positive...And good luck.

In brief: Yes.
Oral cancer is just a location.
The treatment for oral cancers like other types is vast...Surgical, radiation and chemo. They are making great strides in cancer work so think positive...And good luck.
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dr. Earl Sandroff
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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, but...
The primary treatment for oral cancer is surgical excision followed by, in most cases, radiation therapy.
Sometimes chemotherapy is used as an adjunct but most trials of using solely chemotherapy have showed higher rates of mortality and lack of disease control compared to surgery.

In brief: Yes, but...
The primary treatment for oral cancer is surgical excision followed by, in most cases, radiation therapy.
Sometimes chemotherapy is used as an adjunct but most trials of using solely chemotherapy have showed higher rates of mortality and lack of disease control compared to surgery.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Dr. Daniel Sampson
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