Mouth cancer is a kind of cancer that starts developing in the mouth or throat tissues. It generally develops in the squamous cells of your mouth, lips and tongue. It is categorized under oral and oropharyngeal cancer and comes under a large cancer group referred to as head and neck cancers.
Mouth cancer occurs commonly in people aged over 40. Most often, it gets diagnosed only when the disease has spread to the neck’s lymph nodes. Early diagnosis helps in getting timely mouth cancer treatment, which can be more effective than treatment given in the later stages.
In recent days, several modern methods have been introduced for diagnosing and treating mouth cancer. In this article, let’s get to know more about the latest diagnosis and treatment methods for this kind of cancer.
Doctors use several tests for diagnosing cancer. They also conduct tests to find if the disease has spread to other body parts and also to find which treatment is likely to work best. Doctors generally start by doing a physical examination during routine checkups.
If they suspect mouth cancer, they will assess the overall health condition of the patient and get their medical history. They will talk to the patient about risk factors and symptoms. They check if there are any lumps on the cheeks, gums, lips and neck. Based on this, they will recommend appropriate diagnostic tests.
There are many tests that are used for diagnosing mouth cancer. However, not all of these are recommended for everyone. When recommending a diagnostic test, doctors consider factors like the suspected type of mouth cancer, your symptoms, your general health & age, and the results of your previous medical tests. Here are a few tests that are generally recommended:
Besides these state-of-the-art modern-day diagnostic tests, the other common tests that help in diagnosing mouth cancer include X-ray, Computer Tomography (CT) scan, Magnetic Resource Imaging (MRI) scan and ultrasound scan. Your doctor will review the results of the prescribed test to determine whether you have mouth cancer.
There are many advanced mouth cancer treatment options as per cancer research institute in India. Your doctor will decide the right treatment depending on the type of mouth cancer, its stage, and location at diagnosis.
The latest treatment methods for mouth cancer include:
We hope you have now got to understand the advanced methods of diagnostic tests and treatment options for mouth cancer.