Make an Informed Decision

We believe knowledge is power. With knowledge about oral cancer, you'll gain the confidence you need to make the right decision about your health care.

Learn About Your Disease

A first step we suggest you take is to learn as much as possible about oral cancer and how it might be treated.  We have an in-depth section here on our website that is a good starting point.  You’ll find information on risk factors, symptoms and diagnostic tools as well as ways to determine the severity of your cancer and possible treatment and restoration options. Feel free to bring a list of questions and talk to us.

Understand Your Treatment Options

Each stage of oral cancer or pre-cancerous (benign) lesion has different treatment options.  Not all of them are right for your particular cancer.  Together we’ll discuss the options, such as such as radiation therapy, targeted drug therapy and pain management, as well as the reasons to choose one treatment over others.  Our experts are at the forefront of new, less invasive surgical techniques that enable quicker recovery and limit damage to surrounding tissue. 

Decide if a Clinical Trial is Right for You

Research is a big part of who we are at NYU Oral Cancer Center.  Our NIH-funded research experts study new ways to prevent and treat oral cancers with a special emphasis on pain management.  Now might be the right time for you to participate in scientific research.  To help you decide, click here and browse our ongoing clinical trials

Seek a Second Opinion

A second opinion is peace of mind.  It’s that extra piece of the puzzle giving you confidence in the decision you are about to make.  Pre-cancers or early stage cancers usually have clear and established treatment protocols, so a second opinion may not be essential.  But for a rare or advanced cancer the treatment options vary so we recommend a consultation with at least one additional cancer specialist.  We gladly offer second opinions and we’ll provide you with suggestions for a second specialist if you saw us first. Make an appointment online or by calling 212-998-9835. 

Why Choose The NYU Oral Cancer Center?

We know we are the best place to treat your oral cancer.  It’s important that you know the reasons why, too.  We approach your treatment with a Care Team of experts who specialize in head and neck surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, rehabilitation, nutrition, pain management and spiritual support.  Read more about our passion and skills.