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Cancer
Overview
Possible symptoms of oral cancer include a sore on the lip or in the mouth that doesn't heal, a white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth, and numbness in the mouth area.
Understanding Your Diagnosis
Your doctor will take a tissue sample from your mouth and may order other tests such as a CT scan or MRI, ultrasound, or endoscopic procedures.
Deciding on Treatment
Oral cancer is often curable. Treatment can also help control oral cancer, meaning it may help control symptoms or reduce its spread.
Managing Side Effects
When side effects occur, they can interfere with your day-to-day life. These side effects can range from fatigue and hair loss to more serious problems. Your health care team will work to ease any side effects you experience.