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Frequently Asked Questions

Do swollen gum cause any discomfort?

It is usually in relationship with a mild constant gnawing pain, sometimes may cause no pain at all The swelling may affect the normal brushing, which will result in the increased accumulation of bacteria and this can cause more inflammation and destruction of the entire gum tissue.

Do  nut or tobacco chewers get oral cancer?
Those who chew Nut and tobacco  are definitely more prone to oral dental cancer than those who do not have this habit, but there are also other factors such as genetics, your diet, the environmental circumst and the person’s immune system.

Will I  improve if I stop the habbit?

There are certain lesions seen frequently in the mouth of betel nut and tobacco chewers. These lesions precede oral cancer. If these preceding lesions are identified in time, then stopping the habit will definitely improve the lesion or maybe even cure it.

Is pain an early sign of Cancer?

Not in all cases. Pain is usually a late symptom of cancer. People often think that persistent pain such as headache or constant pain in the region of the face means cancer, but this is rarely the case. However any kind of pain should not be taken for granted.

What are the side effects of treatment?

There are side effects to all forms of treatments involving oral cancer.

  • Surgery

    If the lesion is small then there are usually no side effects, but if the lesion is large then it may require the removal of the affected structure resulting in the speech defects difficulty in swallowing and also facial deformities. These conditions can be rehabilitated by going through a speech therapy and by physiotherapy.

  • Chemotherapy

    Side effects depend on the kind of drug used. The usual side effects are loss of hair, ulcers in the mouth and in the stomach, reduced resistance to infection, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and lack of energy.

  • Radiation therapy

    During and after radiation therapy the patient develops mouth sores. The patient also suffers from reduced secretion of saliva, which causes difficulty in swallowing and makes the patient more prone to teeth decay and other forms of infection.

  • Glossary CT SCAN

    It is an advanced diagnostic technique using x-rays to three dimensionally identify the site and extent of a lesion. MRI: It is more advanced technique, which uses magnetic force to diagnose both bony and soft tissue lesions

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