About Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is a disease that affects the oral cavity, which includes the mouth, tongue, interior lining of the cheeks, and soft tissues inside the mouth. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, our board-certified oncologists utilize a multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of oral cancer. We also collaborate with other medical specialists at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, CO to provide patients with unparalleled care. If you have been referred to our practice or are searching for a seasoned oncologist, we invite you to call Calaway•Young Cancer Center today. Our team is here to serve you.
Types of Oral Cancer
Mouth cancer refers to malignancies that develop on areas inside the mouth, such as:
- Inner lining of the cheeks
- Floor or roof of the mouth
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"We wanted to tell you about our recent and ongoing experience at the Calaway-Young Cancer Center. A cancer diagnosis is life-changing and so our experience with your facility, nursing and allied staff, and doctors is very important for both patient and caregiver. We hope our few remarks below will help you with your administration of the center and give assurance to new patients about the quality of care they can expect. We’ve learned from other sources that the technology offered is state of the art. The facility is beautiful. The exam rooms and waiting areas are welcoming and comforting to the patient and caregiver. In his work, the patient has been in cancer centers around the country, including university hospitals, and none compare. The nursing and allied staff, were all dedicated to doing their best and concerned about the patient’s well-being at all times. They were also committed to learning any new procedures or processes and did so with interest whereas in other places, the same people might not be as attentive due to the volume of patients seen or a high level of stress experienced by staff. Thank you, for checking in with us so often and showing such compassion to our family members."- S.E. / Office Visit / Mar 12, 2013
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"I wanted to express my gratitude for your professionalism and amazing gift of caring for people! I have had a number of experiences with a variety of health professionals and your team rates over the top! This journey with cancer has been by far the most challenging health issue, yet one of the most positive! This is thanks to you and the other entities involved with the Cancer Center! I was very impressed with the way you handled our “little bump in the road” with communication about the first simulation and positioning! I trust your team has grown from that experience and I want you to know that your support, understanding, and professionalism did not go unnoticed! Your process of handling it instilled trust and confidence! The thought to involve integrative therapies was superb! It really brought me through!"- anonymous / Office Visit / Feb 18, 2020
Oral cancer arises when there is a genetic mutation of the cells within the oral cavity. The exact cause of this abnormality is unknown, but there are some factors that can increase one's risk of oral cancer. These include a poor diet, excessive sun exposure to the lips, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), and HPV infection (sexually transmitted disease).
Some possible signs and symptoms of oral cancer may include:
- Mouth ulcers or sores that do not heal
- White or dark red patches on the inside of the mouth or tongue
- A growth or lump inside the mouth
- Unexplained ear, neck, jaw, or throat pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loose teeth
- Poorly fitting dentures
- Hoarse throat
At Calaway·Young Cancer Center, we offer several treatment options for men and women who are battling oral cancer. Our services include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and surgery. The treatment used will vary per patient and multiple therapies may be combined to effectively treat oral cancer. Each therapy has varying risks and side effects, which will be discussed during your private treatment planning session.
Get treated today
If you or your loved one has been recently diagnosed with oral cancer, we invite you to call Calaway·Young Cancer Center. Our cancer team will work diligently to provide exceptional service you can depend on. We will also take our time to sit down with you and your family to help educate you on all your options and what may be the most effective treatment approach for your unique case.