Tongue Cancer

Tongue cancer involves the cells of the tongue. Depending on what type of cells are involved there are many types of tongue cancers. Cancer of the outer lining of the tongue is the most common type of all. It may occur on part of the tongue that lies inside the mouth or the part that lies deep inside the throat. In a majority of individuals, tongue cancer is surgically removed and followed up by chemotherapy or radiation as required,

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What are the chances of cancer recurring after six months of operation?

Query: Hello doctor, My brother-in-law underwent an operation on the right side of the CA tongue, followed by radiation and chemotherapy six months ago. For the last two weeks, he has had pain on the left side of the tongue, and we consulted the doctor again. The doctor said there was no possibility of fur...  Read Full »

Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand that your brother-in-law has undergone treatment for tongue cancer. I would like to point out a few things: Radiation so soon after previous radiation therapy is not advisable. The doctor's opinion is correct. This looks like a very aggressive tumor. We...  Read Full »

I have had a persistent burning sensation in the tongue with ear and jaw pain. Is it a sign of oral cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had persistent tongue-burning symptoms on the right side of my tongue for the last six months. I have been using a complete upper denture and a partial lower denture. After using my partial lower denture for a few days, I started having frequent ear and jaw pain, mainly on the l...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Oral cancer does not start with a burning sensation in the tongue. It can start with an ulcer or a cauliflower mass which is usually painless. Please capture a photo of your tongue from both sides and send it to me. The...  Read Full »

Is surgery really required for squamous cell carcinoma of tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (tongue) after biopsy report. I have completed PET scan, CT scan, and biopsy. I want advise on the treatment plan. Is surgery really required for good results?  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient's identity). My diagnosis is squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue with probably neck nodes involvement. The lesion is quite large, crossing the midline and touching the alveolus. At this stage,...  Read Full »

Report shows squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue. Please suggest what to do.

Query: Hi doctor,My mom had gone through a biopsy, and the report came today. The report shows SCC - well-differentiated invasive on the right lateral side of the tongue. My uncle died from leukemia. She also has nephropathy, t2DM, and hypertension. She has been taking medicines for the past 12 years. GFR ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The biopsy (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows tongue cancer. So, now she has to undergo further investigations such as CT (computed tomography) or PET (positron emission tomography) scan to rule out metastasis (cancer spread to any other part). Af...  Read Full »

I have a lump on my tongue for the past two weeks. How can I cure it?

Query: Hello doctor,I have noticed a lump on my tongue, which I want to get an opinion on? I have had the bump for two weeks.Please help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the image (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), this area looks normal. Is the mass painful or tender to touch? Do you suffer from reflux in the form of a burning sensation in your chest or stomach? Please answer the above so that I can guid...  Read Full »

Can you please help me understand my mother's biopsy report?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 68 years old. She is 70 kg weight. A painless liaison has developed on the right lateral part of the tongue. I have consulted with an ENT surgeon and he advised for biopsy. The incision biopsy was done and the report is attached. Please clarify the report. If that is cancer, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect identity) and unfortunately I find it to be a cancerous lesion. It is cancer and the stage can be ascertained after clinical examination of the local and surrounding areas and after investigations. After evalu...  Read Full »

My mom does not have salivary secretion even after 6 months of chemotherapy. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is suffering from neck and tongue cancer. Doctor suggested radiation and chemotherapy and we have completed the treatment successfully before six months. But until now, the process of saliva in the mouth is not started yet. Can you prescribe some medicine for it? And we are...  Read Full »

Dr. Raturi Vijay Parshuram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your information, your mother has undergone chemo-radiotherapy for carcinoma tongue with lymph nodes. So while delivering the radiation dose to cancer, the parotid (salivary gland) gland was also exposed to radiation leading to radiation-induced xerostomia (...  Read Full »

What is foliate papillitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old female, who has an inflamed looking foliate papillae on right side of the tongue towards the back, it has been like this for more than three weeks now. It has not gotten better or worse, pretty much looks the same. It creates this feeling of something stuck in the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The lesion on the tongue (attachment removed to protect patient identity) appears to be an ulcerative lesion. You should get yourself examined by an ENT specialist because I think a biopsy might be required. As you might have taken antibiotics for tooth infection, the t...  Read Full »

Please suggest the treatment procedure followed for squamous cell carcinoma of tongue.

Query: 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.  Read Full »

Dr. Kumar Varadarajan Senthil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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.  Read Full »

Please go through biopsy report of tongue cancer and advise.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother was diagnosed with tongue cancer and the doctor suggested to operate. So, we operated at a cancer hospital and we received a final biopsy report. Squamous cell carcinoma. Moderately differentiated. The depth of infiltration 3 mm. Re-revised base-unremarkable. All mucos...  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As per it, looks like she had stage-I disease. No lymph node involvement. No other adverse factors. I do not think there is any further need for radiation or chemotherapy. Initial thre...  Read Full »

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