Gum and other oral cancers are often treated by a team of doctors that may include oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, otolaryngologists and dentists, explains the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Oral cancers can be treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery.
Surgery and radiation are typically used to get rid of gum cancers, but chemotherapy may be employed as well to try to prevent the cancer from spreading, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. The choice of treatment depends on how advanced the cancer is. If gum cancer is treated early, the patient may be left with little facial disfigurement. However, those with more advanced cases of gum cancer may also need to undergo surgical reconstruction of the mouth, jaw or face.