All cases will be discussed at the multidisciplinary tumour board where the best recommended treatment options will be detailed. Treatment modality depends on:
The preferred treatment is surgery of the oral cavity cancer and the associated lymphatic/nodal drainage pathway in the neck. The surgical defect may require reconstruction to ensure a functional and cosmetic outcome (refer to chapter on Head & Neck Reconstruction). Postoperative radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy will be decided based on tumour characteristics.
Even after completing treatment of the cancer, patients often have to undergo months of rehabilitation as surgery can result in altered speech and swallowing. Hence, intensive speech and swallowing therapy as well as regular dietician review is to be expected by our patients.
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