Oral cavity cancer


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Cancer that forms in tissues of the oral cavity or the mouth. The tissues of the oral cavity include the lining inside the cheeks and lips. It also includes the front two thirds of the tongue, the upper and lower gums, the floor of the mouth under the tongue, the bony roof of the mouth, and the small area behind the wisdom teeth.




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Standard of care

ESMO guidelines are available for:
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck

- Nasopharyngeal cancer



Oral cavity cancer

Oral Cancer

Oral cavity tumor

Oral cavity tumour

Tumour of the oral cavity

Tumor of the oral cavity

Cancer of the oral cavity

Mouth cancer

Mouth tumour

Mouth tumor

Cancer of the mouth

Tumour of the mouth

Tumor of the mouth

Tongue cancer

Tongue tumour

Tongue tumor

Cancer of the tongue

Tumour of the tongue

Tumor of the tongue

Head cancer

Neck cancer

Therapies by type

The following list of treatments is based on what we have found in scientific studies about cancer. More information about the listed therapies can be found under the tab THERAPIES. For registered drugs, radiotherapy and surgical interventions, approval by the authorities is given.

Registered drugs

Anti-cancer drugs with market authorization in the USA or in countries of the European Union. More

Natural products (excluding registered drugs)

Substances found in nature that usually have a pharmacological or biological activity. More

Energy based therapies

Use of electromagnetic energy including electricity, magnetic fields, radio waves, microwaves, infrared rays and light to diagnose or treat disease.

Clinical trials

A clinical trial is a research study conducted with patients to evaluate whether a new treatment is safe (safety) and whether it works (efficacy). Clinical trials are performed to test the efficacy of drugs but also non-drug treatments such as radiotherapy or surgery and combinations of different treatments. Clinical trials take place in all kinds of hospitals and clinics, but mostly in academic hospitals. They are organized by researchers and doctors.

The Anticancer Fund provides a tool to search for phase III clinical trials by type of cancer and by country. For Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France and the UK, the Anticancer Fund provides contacts to get more information about the phase III clinical trials currently ongoing. Discuss the possibilities of participating in one of these clinical trials with your doctor.

The list of the phase III clinical trials for oral cavity cancer is available here.