Most oral cancer treatment begins with surgery. We use many highly sophisticated tools for surgery, including lasers and robotic techniques for patients with oral cancer. Our specialized robotic surgery stations and microsurgery laser equipment allow us to operate with greater precision and fewer incisions than traditional surgery. Surgeons use 3D imaging to see inside your mouth with greater detail as they operate.

Chemotherapy involves medications that kill cancer cells. We use it along with radiation therapy to increase the effectiveness of both treatments and avoid surgery in some cases.

Drugs used during immunotherapy strengthen the immune system so it’s better able to fight cancer.

Radiation uses high-energy rays to stop the growth of cancer cells. We use radiation combined with chemotherapy in place of surgery to preserve tissue and parts of the lips or mouth. The two therapies can be more effective when combined. Learn more about our services by visiting our Radiation Oncology website.

After cancer surgery, some patients may need reconstructive surgery or dental implants to repair parts of their mouth or lips and make it easier to talk, eat and swallow. Reconstruction uses tissue and blood vessels from other parts of a patient’s body. We’ll work with your dentist or refer you to one if you need dental implants or other dental work.

Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.