Treatment for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer

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. 

Preparing for treatment and life afterwards (prehabilitation)

There are things you can do to help you feel more in control of your physical and mental health when preparing for treatment. In the hospital, preparing for treatment is also called prehabilitation or prehab.

Treatment options for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer

A team of doctors and other professionals discuss the best treatment and care for you. The treatment you have depends on the type of cancer and the stage of your cancer.

 

The multidisciplinary team (MDT)

The multidisciplinary team (MDT) is a team of health professionals who work together to decide the best treatment and care for you.  
 

Surgery for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer

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 for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer

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 for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer

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

 

Chemoradiotherapy for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer

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: 
25 Oct 2021
Next review due: 
25 Oct 2024
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