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

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

You adapt: As long as you have the back of your tongue and some front you can do pretty well with eating. The tongue helps to move the food around and back and the back of the tongue stimulates the swallowing reflex. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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There is something white on my tongue, I met a doctor and he said it may be a skin/tongue tag! I may cut it off or not, is it harmful? Is it cancer?

There is something white on my tongue, I met a doctor and he said it may be a skin/tongue tag! I may cut it off or not, is it harmful? Is it cancer?

White: Anything white should be examined, and possibly biopsied, immediately. Cannot tell over the computer what type of lesion you have. At 25 chances are it's benign, but don't take that as an excuse to avoid treatment. Most qualified "doctor" to evaluate the white lesion and to treat it is an oral surgeon. Please call one now. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering I have bumps on the back of my tongue and sometimes my tongue get white and when I eat it feels like I have acid reflux every time, I'm scared I been looking it up and all it's saying is that it's cancer or aids?

Hi I was wondering I have bumps on the back of my tongue and sometimes my tongue get white and when I eat it feels like I have acid reflux every time, I'm scared I been looking it up and all it's saying is that it's cancer or aids?

Bumps are tastebuds: It is normal to have a row of bumps on the back of the tongue. These are taste buds. When you get a white coating on your tongue, it is possible that this is thrush or a yeast infection. With thrush, the tongue is very sensitive to acidic foods. Thrush is more common with immune disorders, but is commonly seen in healthy individuals as well. When this happens in the future, have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Dad has tongue cancer. Having full glossectomy & neck dissection r/o 4 lymph nodes. Worried he won't survive :(prognosis? Only 63yrs old. Talk eat?

Dad has tongue cancer. Having full glossectomy & neck dissection r/o 4 lymph nodes. Worried he won't survive :(prognosis? Only 63yrs old. Talk eat?

Consult Oncologist: We can not answer your question about prognosis of your father 's condition. I suggest you ask this question to the oncologist who is treating him. ...Read more

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I have a hard, painless lump on the roof of my mouth. I noticed it yesterday because it hurt to eat. Could this be oral cancer?

I have a hard, painless lump on the roof of my mouth. I noticed it yesterday because it hurt to eat. Could this be oral cancer?

Hard to say...: Diagnosis for lesions need every bit of information... how long has it been there? How big? Is it getting bigger? Condition of your adjacent teeth? Location on the roof of your mouth? Social habits including drinking and/or smoking? See a local oral surgeon for an exam. ...Read more

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I have a bump on the roof of my mouth that shoots out puss when I eat/drink something. I've had it for 4 months. I've seen an oral surgeon. Cancer?

I have a bump on the roof of my mouth that shoots out puss when I eat/drink something. I've had it for 4 months. I've seen an oral surgeon. Cancer?

Much Too Little Info: You've already seen an oral surgeon, so what exactly do you hope from a doctor answering your question on this website? If you have doubts or questions that surgeon couldn't/wouldn't or didn't answer, best to get a second opinion from another oral surgeon(or maybe just a dentist). It would be near impossible to answer that question here. At best, it's a chronic infection. Doubtful cancer at your age ...Read more

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Can chewing on your tongue cause cancer?

Can chewing on your tongue cause cancer?

Generally no: It is more likely to cause a fibroma which is benign. It can also cause white plaques, or keratinized areas that usually require other etiologic factors, like tobacco or alcohol, to contribute to cancerous lesions.
That being said, see your dentist to get info on stopping this bad habit! ...Read more

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What does cancer on the tongue look like?

What does cancer on the tongue look like?

Ulcer: Mostly an ulcer, shallow or deep. Can also be a lump, a red or white area. May not be painful. ...Read more

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What causes tongue cancer?

What causes tongue cancer?

Most common cause: Is tobacco use, although alcohol and human papilloma virus can be causative agents. ...Read more

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How does tongue cancer develop?

How does tongue cancer develop?

Tobacco, alcohol: The majority of people who get tongue cancer have a strong history of tobacco use (either smoking or chewing) and/or alcohol use. The combination of the two increases the risk even more. The best thing you can do to reduce your risk is to eliminate tobacco use and moderate your alcohol consumption. ...Read more

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Is tongue cancer a 'bad' cancer?

Is tongue cancer a 'bad' cancer?

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 cancer), 2) stage/prognosis and location in tongue, 3) treatment -- depends on 1 & 2. ...Read more

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Find out if I have tongue cancer?

Find out if I have tongue cancer?

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 needed. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have tongue cancer?

How to tell if I have tongue cancer?

You can't: The most common cancer in the mouth is on the lateral(side) borders of the tongue. However, you cannot determine if you have cancer without a thorough exam and biopsy. There are many lesions of the tongue. Most not cancerous. See your dentist or oral surgeon for a consult about your problem and concerns. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get tongue cancer?

Is it possible to get tongue cancer?

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. There are all kinds of mutations that occur in cells due to this and these cause cancer cells to develop. Oral cancers like this can present as non-healing, painful ulcers. Whatever you do, don't use tobacco or smoke if you don't want this. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as tongue cancer?

Is there such thing as tongue cancer?

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, although alcohol, genetics and human papilloma virus can play a role. ...Read more

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Can tongue piercings give you cancer?

Can tongue piercings give you cancer?

Have seen no studies: To suggest that. But they can cause other problems. According to the British Dental Association the potential for infection is higher for the tongue than any other location on the body. Swelling of the tongue can compromise the airway. Ludwig's Syndrome (Ludwig's Angina) can cause swelling & sepsis both of which can lead to death. Staphylococcus aureus / Streptococcus pyogenes can enter tissues ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tongue cancer?

What are the symptoms of tongue cancer?

Persistent Sore: Difficulty swallowing, moving the tongue or chewing, voice changes, just to name a few. If concerned, see a dentist for an oral cancer screening. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tongue cancer?

What are the symptoms of tongue cancer?

Tongue: Unfortunately, the cancer might be present and cause destruction silently. 60% of the lesions are painless and the rest become painful only when infected. If you smoke, you should be checked annually by an oral surgeon or ent. Any white, red, ulcer should be biopsied. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more