For many people, treatment will successfully remove oral cancer while others may get regular treatment with chemotherapy or targeted therapy or other treatments to try keeping the cancer under control. People with oral cancer are hard not to worry about cancer coming back and risk for developing new cancers. Hence, it’s important to report any new symptoms to your ENT doctor right away to help finding recurrent cancer or a new cancer as early as possible when the cancer is small and easier to treat.
This article take a look on the second cancers after oral cancer treatment and its prevention.
Cancer that comes back after treatment is called a recurrence. But some cancer survivors develop a new, unrelated cancer later. This is called a second cancer. In fact, oral cancer survivors are at high risk of second cancer. They include:
Many of these cancers are also linked to smoking and alcohol use, which are also risk factors for oral cavity cancer.
If the cancer recur, your treatment options will depend on where it is located, what treatments you’ve had before, and your overall health.
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