Expertise and rankings

  • Collaboration. At Mayo Clinic, care for people with mouth cancer is directed by ear, nose and throat experts (otolaryngologists) specializing in head and neck cancers who coordinate a multispecialty team. Team members may include experts in radiation oncology, medical oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation therapies, and other specialties as needed.
  • A full range of treatment options to consider. Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The range of treatments offered to people with mouth cancer includes surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and targeted drug therapy.
  • Latest treatment technology. At Mayo Clinic, doctors use the latest treatments and technology. For mouth cancer, this includes sentinel node biopsy to determine whether cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, the highly focused form of radiation called intensity-modulated radiation therapy and the very precise method of doing surgery called transoral robotic surgery. Clinical trials may be available to receive new, promising therapies.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.