Contemporary management of cancer of the oral cavity

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2010 Jul;267(7):1001-17. doi: 10.1007/s00405-010-1206-2. Epub 2010 Feb 13.


Oral cancer represents a common entity comprising a third of all head and neck malignant tumors. The options for curative treatment of oral cavity cancer have not changed significantly in the last three decades; however, the work up, the approach to surveillance, and the options for reconstruction have evolved significantly. Because of the profound functional and cosmetic importance of the oral cavity, management of oral cavity cancers requires a thorough understanding of disease progression, approaches to management and options for reconstruction. The purpose of this review is to discuss the most current management options for oral cavity cancers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis
  • Biopsy
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Humans
  • Mouth Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Mouth Neoplasms / etiology
  • Mouth Neoplasms / pathology
  • Mouth Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures
  • Precancerous Conditions / pathology
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy


  • Biomarkers, Tumor