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How do you eat if they have to cut out your tongue for cancer

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: Depends on much tongue has to be removed and what type of reconstruction is performed. Acutely, patients can be fed using feeding tubes. As they rec... Read More
Dr. Jose Dutra
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes most patients do: Most of the time, the tongue is only partially removed and the swallowing function is preserved. After surgery, it may take some time to get used to c... Read More
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
You adapt: As long as you have the back of your tongue and some of the front you can do pretty well with eating. The tongue helps to move the food around and bac... Read More

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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Exam: Unlikely cancer based on age. If symptoms persist another week, seek evaluation by oral surgeon or ENT doc.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Not good.: Prognosis not good. Oncologist can give you exact numbers. Will have significant problems with eating and talking. Good luck.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Most common cause: Is tobacco use, although alcohol and human papilloma virus can be causative agents.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Tobacco use.: This is likely due to tobacco use (including smokeless), and alcohol use. If use is great, cancer can come early, or present by about 50 years of age... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
1-2-3: Cancer involving an important organ is always important. The tongue is important for speech and eating. How bad depends on 1) diagnosis (type of cance... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Oral surgeon: if you are concerned about something on your tongue I would start by having your dentist look at it and then an oral surgeon who would do a biopsy if ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manoj Reddy
Radiation Oncology 24 years experience
Symptoms: Tongue cancer is separated anatomically anteriorly (front portion) within the oral cavity, and posteriorly base of tongue (back portion) within the or... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
YES..: This is likely due to tobacco use (including smokeless), and alcohol use. If use is great, cancer can come early, or present by about 50 years of age... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: Tongue cancer is part of a spectrum of oral cancers. It is likely the most dangerous form of oral squamous cancers. The primary cause is tobacco use... Read More

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