Donate to Oral Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education

Nearly 55,000 people in the United State will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2019, and nearly 20 percent of those individuals will not survive. While oral cancer is relatively rare, it can be very aggressive. Cancerous cells can develop on the tongue, tonsils, oropharynx, gums, the floor of the mouth, around the lips and in the salivary glands. Thanks to generous donations such as yours, specialists at Northwestern Medicine are advancing research and clinical trials to develop new diagnostic techniques and treatment methods for oral cancer.

Tobacco use and alcohol use are the two greatest risk factors for developing oral cancer. Age, gender, exposure to HPV, ultraviolet lights, a weakened immune system and poor nutrition also can contribute to the development of the disease. Specialists at Northwestern Medicine have identified a series of symptoms that can be a warning sign of oral cancer. These symptoms include sores inside the mouth that lingers, chronic pain in the mouth and thickening of one or both cheeks. Difficulties chewing or swallowing, aching jaw movements or numbness of the tongue or mouth are additional symptoms that should be addressed with a thorough examination by a physician. Your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will enable Northwestern Medicine’s specialists in oral cancer to continue to advance diagnostic and treatment methods for this challenging disease.

MMost cases of oral cancers are diagnosed when patients request exams because of concerning symptoms. The specialists at Northwestern Medicine conduct full head and neck exams, as well as a panendoscopy (an examination of the larynx, upper trachea, and esophagus). This procedure is generally performed under local anesthesia in a physician’s office. Various forms of biopsies also may be ordered, along with MRIs, PET scans and CT scans. Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will ensure that physicians on staff continue to have the most advanced medical technology available to diagnose oral cancer.

Once a full diagnosis is complete, specialists at Northwestern Medicine will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to remove cancer and prevent the spread. One of the most common forms of treatment is surgery to remove the tumor(s). This is often followed by radiation or chemotherapy or a combination of the two. Targeted therapy and palliative treatments are also options for those diagnosed with various forms of oral cancer.  

Oral Cancer Research & Care Donation

Northwestern Medicine is dedicated to providing the very finest, most personalized care to individuals battling oral cancer. Your gift to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help Northwestern Medicine’s specialists to continue to meet the needs of every patient and to make important breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with oral cancer and their families. Your generosity will help to improve, and potentially even save, many lives.

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