Q. What is the treatment followed to treat squamous cell carcinoma of tongue?

Answered by
Dr. Varadarajan Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 12, 2018

Hi doctor,

My father is 77 years old. He is diagnosed with moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma, in the right vallecula and at the base of the tongue aggregating 0.5 × 0.5 × 0.2 cm. He has pain and sensation while eating and drinking. What is the treatment? Please suggest.

Dr. Varadarajan Kumar

Medical Oncology Radiation Oncology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Treatment of choice in this condition is radical radiotherapy using IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy) and IGRT (image-guided radiation therapy) technique with concurrent weekly cisplatin chemotherapy.


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Thank you doctor,

How much time will it require to complete the treatment?

Dr. Varadarajan Kumar

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

It takes six weeks for radiotherapy (treated with 65 Gy in 30 fractions) with six doses of chemotherapy every week.


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Thank you doctor,

Will surgery help in this condition?

Dr. Varadarajan Kumar

Medical Oncology Radiation Oncology
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Surgery is not an option because of the current location of the tumor.


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Thank you doctor,

PET scan shows no further suspected cell in any other part of the body. Since the tumor is located in a single slot, why can it be destructed only by radiation therapy?

Dr. Varadarajan Kumar

Medical Oncology Radiation Oncology
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Multiple studies have shown combining chemotherapy with radiotherapy has improved treatment outcomes when compared to radiotherapy alone.


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