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Oral Cancer

Preparation for Oral Cancer

If surgery is needed to treat the oral cancer, the NCI recommends asking the following questions:

  • What type of operation will I undergo?
  • What can I expect after surgery?
  • How will any pain be treated?
  • Will I have trouble eating? talking?
  • Will I have any scarring?
  • Will there be any long-term effects or permanent physical changes from surgery?
  • If I need plastic surgery, how soon can that be done following the initial surgery?
  • Will I need speech therapy?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • What are the chances that the cancer will come back?