General Principles and Management Guidelines in Oral Cancer

  • Krishnakumar ThankappanEmail author
  • Moni Abraham Kuriakose


Clinicians have multiple options at every step in the comprehensive care of oral cancer from diagnosis, treatment, reconstruction, and rehabilitation and surveillance. To guide the clinicians to choose a specific management option, there exist several well-defined guidelines. As with any guidelines, the management options change constantly with improved understanding of cancer and varies with individual patient needs. Therefore, these guidelines though can give a generalized recommendation; it needs to be constantly updated and tailored to an individual patient. This individualized treatment plan is best through a multidisciplinary tumor board or clinic, which is the cornerstone of optimal oncology practice. Though individual clinicians have to take responsibility in the care of a specific aspect treatment, the overall care plan is best developed by the multidisciplinary team. This should be made before initiation of treatment.


Sentinel Node Biopsy Oral Cancer Neck Dissection National Comprehensive Cancer Network National Comprehensive Cancer Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krishnakumar Thankappan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Moni Abraham Kuriakose
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Head and Neck Surgery and OncologyAmrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita UniversityKochiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Head and Neck, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Dental and Maxillofacial ProstheticsRoswell Park Cancer InstituteBuffaloUSA

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