management of oral cancer

Last edited 12/2018 and last reviewed 12/2018

  • surgical management of the neck to should be offered all people with early oral cavity cancer (T1-T2, N0)

  • sentinel lymph node biopsy instead of elective neck dissection should be offered to people with early oral cavity cancer (T1-T2, N0), unless they need cervical access at the same time (for example, free-flap reconstruction).

Cetuximab in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy is recommended as an option for treating recurrent or metastatic squamous cell cancer of the head and neck in adult