The recent national system outage from Change Healthcare is impacting the mailing of patient statements. In the interim, we are using a temporary solution that provides statements with limited information and outstanding balances only. We are happy to provide you with detailed billing and payment information over the phone or send you an itemized statement to review. Please contact our office to request this information. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Lip & Oral Cancer Staging

For oral cancer, Stages I and II are combined and classified as “early cancer”. Stages III and IV are classified as “advanced cancer.” Here are the details of each class:

Early Cancer

Stage I or II oral cancer is usually a small tumor (smaller than a walnut), and no cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes.

Advanced Cancer

Stage III or IV oral cancer is usually a large tumor (as big as a lime). The cancer may have invaded nearby tissues or spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body.