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Treatment

Your treatment depends on where in your mouth or oropharynx your cancer is, how big it is, whether it has spread anywhere else in your body and your general health. 

Treatment decisions

Find out about how your doctor decides which treatment you need, the types of treatment you might have and treatment by stage.

Making decisions about treatment for advanced cancer

Read about making treatment decisions when you have advanced cancer.

The multidisciplinary team (MDT)

Find out about the team of health professionals (the multidisciplinary team) looking after you.

Surgery

Surgery is one of the main treatments for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. You might also have surgery to relieve symptoms, such as difficulty eating.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells. Find out about having external or internal radiotherapy, and the possible side effects.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. Find out more about how you have chemotherapy and the side effects. 

 

Chemoradiotherapy

Find out about having chemotherapy and radiotherapy together for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer and how you have it.

Biological therapy

Find out about biological therapy for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer.

Follow up appointments

Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer.

Last reviewed: 
23 Oct 2014

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