An oral biopsy is a medical process that entails extraction of body tissue from the mouth or throat for close examination in the laboratory. The intention of carrying out the biopsy is to determine possible causes of infections in those oral cells. This procedure is utilized by cancer specialists to determine if individual cells of the body are cancerous. If you need a biopsy, feel free to call Dentalville Panorama City in Los Angeles for an appointment!
There are two main types of biopsies used for diagnosis of oral cancer:
In cases where FNA derives cancer features, the doctor can easily diagnose the type of cancer. Further tests may apply to determine the source of the cancer cells in the mouth or throat. FNA can also reveal other cancers such as lymphoma which could have spread from other parts of the body. In this case, further tests will establish the source to allow prompt treatment and care.
For patients with known Oral cancer, FNA is used to determine the rate at which cancer has spread to other organs. This allows the doctor to apply appropriate preventive and curative measures.
After treatment, fine needle aspiration applies to check if previous treatment was effective. Patients who undergo surgery or radiation therapy require FNA to check if new masses forming around the neck indicate recurrence of cancer or scars.
Oral biopsies provide more conclusive results compared to other oropharyngeal cancer diagnostic processes. However, an additional test may apply to other cases or oral cancers. The kind of biopsy depends on the size, site, and features of deformity. The procedure also determines the source of the tumors which allow implementation of better treatment strategies.
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