Based on my experience having had two operations for oral cancer since 2003, I would like to suggest four thoughts for newcomers.
1) Since oral cancer hits less than 1% of the population, get professional care from a center (CCC) that specializes in cancer and has oral cancer specialists on staff.
2) Don’t hesitate to travel extra hours to such a center-your disease can be life threatening. If distance worries you, see 3 below.
3) Follow-on care may be done at a location which the CCC works with and is nearer to you.
4) Don’t wait to get help, and don’t second guess expert opinion, but if concerned do get a second professional opinion.