Standard treatments help many people with oral cancer feel better and live longer. However, in many cases, they are not able to kill all the cancer or to prevent it from coming back.
Scientists and doctors continue to invent and study new treatments for oral cancer. Some of these are intended to improve upon current treatments. Others are completely new ways to treat oral cancer. These new ways to treat oral cancer are given to patients in clinical studies. Clinical studies are carefully designed to explore whether new medicines and ways to treat disease are improvements over current treatments. Taking part in clinical studies is an important way to help improve cancer care.
One of the new ways to fight oral cancer is intended to strengthen the immune system.