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Oral Cancer

  • Posted: 12/23/2009

Follow-up Care

You'll need regular checkups of your mouth, throat, and neck after treatment for oral cancer. Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated if needed. Checkups may include a physical exam, blood tests, chest x-rays, or CT scans.

If you have any health problems between checkups, you should contact your doctor.

People who have had oral cancer have a chance of developing a new cancer. A new cancer is especially likely for those who use tobacco or who drink alcohol heavily. Doctors strongly urge people to stop using tobacco and stop drinking alcohol to cut down the risk of a new cancer and other health problems.

You may find it helpful to read the NCI booklet Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment. You may also want to read the NCI fact sheet Follow-up Care After Cancer Treatment.