Oral Cavity Cancer Specialist

ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA

Otolaryngologists & Allergy Specialists located in McKees Rocks, Seven Fields, Sewickley, & Vanport Township, PA

Oral cavity cancer could develop in any part of your mouth, making it hard to chew, swallow, and talk. If you have mouth cancer, ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA can help. Its experienced otolaryngologists are experts in diagnosing and treating oral cavity cancers and work closely with other specialists to ensure you get the comprehensive care you need. To find out more, call the practice's office in Sewickley, Beaver/Vanport Township, Seven Fields, or Ohio Valley in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, today or book online.

Oral Cavity Cancer Q & A

What is oral cavity cancer?

Cancer can develop virtually anywhere in your body when cells mutate and multiply abnormally. With oral cavity cancers, these problems might affect:

  • The roof of your mouth
  • Lips
  • Tongue
  • Inside your cheeks
  • Salivary glands
  • Palate
  • Gums
  • Jawline

ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA's otolaryngologists are specialists in diagnosing and treating cancers of the head and neck, which includes oral cavity cancer.

What symptoms does oral cavity cancer cause?

Oral cavity cancer symptoms could include:

  • Pain in your mouth or ear
  • A sore that won't heal
  • Whitish or reddish patches inside your mouth
  • A growth or lump in your mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Loose teeth

If these symptoms go on for more than two weeks, you should visit ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA to find the cause.

What causes oral cavity cancer?

Oral cavity cancer develops when DNA in the cells in your mouth or on your lips mutates. The mutations change the way cells grow and divide, so they continue to multiply when healthy cells would have died. The cancer cells build up to form a tumor and may also spread to other areas of your body.

Most oral cavity cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, which develop from the thin, flat cells (squamous cells) lining your lips and inside your mouth.

Factors that could increase your risk of oral cavity cancer include:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Overexposure to the sun
  • HPV (human papillomavirus) infection
  • A weakened immune system

The primary trigger for oral cavity cancers is usually tobacco use, including cigarette smoking, cigars, pipes, snuff, and chewing tobacco.

How are oral cavity cancers treated?

ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA offers comprehensive oral cavity cancer diagnosis and care. The team might use a combination of therapies to address your condition, such as:


The tumor and the nearby lymph nodes, if they're affected, might require surgical removal.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy uses powerful radiation beams to kill cancer cells. You might have radiation therapy as the primary treatment for your oral cavity cancer, or you could have it after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells.


Chemotherapy drugs also destroy cancer cells and might be necessary following surgery.

You may also require reconstructive surgery after your oral cavity cancer treatment to restore mouth function so you can speak and eat without difficulty.

ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA works as part of a team dedicated to your optimal recovery from oral cavity cancer treatment, including prosthodontists (specialists in dental restoration), speech therapists, and physical and occupational therapists.

To benefit from their expertise, call ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA today and schedule a consultation online to discuss your needs.