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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.

The multidisciplinary team (MDT)

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


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



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

Targeted cancer drugs and immunotherapy

Targeted cancer drugs work by ‘targeting’ those differences that help a cancer cell to grow and survive.

Follow up

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

Last reviewed: 
08 Jun 2018

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