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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Tongue Cancer (Overview)

A malignancy of the tongue is know as tongue cancer. There are several possible types of tongue cnacer based on the cells that they are derived from.


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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

Dr. Louis Gallia
95 Doctors shared insights

Tongue Cancer (Overview)

A malignancy of the tongue is know as tongue cancer. There are several possible types of tongue cnacer based on the cells that they are derived from.


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Is a sensitive, sometimes tingling tongue a symptom of cancer of the mouth?

Is a sensitive, sometimes tingling tongue a symptom of cancer of the mouth?

Not normally BUT: Never rule out cancer until you have seen a qualified health care professional to have a differential diagnosis made. Go with a written duration, time of day, diet, medication, family history, tobacco history. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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What are the most common symptoms of tongue cancer?

What are the most common symptoms of tongue cancer?

Pain: Most common is pain. Specially when chewing and using the tongue. When pressing on it it's also painful. There can be bleeding, cracks or ulcers, even a bad odor. Sometimes there is just a thin white or red plaque that doesn't hurt or cause symptoms buy can't be scraped off or removed. It the cancer spreads to lymph nodes there may be lumps in the neck. ...Read more

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What are early signs of tongue cancer?

What are early signs of tongue cancer?

Ulcer: Unfortunately there aren't gray early signs. We look for white patches on the tongue, but there are many white areas, so this isn't helpful for the layperson. Ulcers, pain and/or bleeding may be signs. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Diagnosed with tongue cancer and there is no treatment. What is left for me to do?

Diagnosed with tongue cancer and there is no treatment. What is left for me to do?

2nd opinion: I would get a second opinion. If there is no treatment, you need to know why. Has the lesion invaded structures that cannot be operated on? Has the cancer spread to other parts of your body? See what another specialist might say for your situation, and good luck. ...Read more

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Can you have tongue cancer, and if so, is it common for doctors to remove the tongue?

Can you have tongue cancer, and if so, is it common for doctors to remove the tongue?

Yes and no: Yes you can have tongue cancer. In fact it is one of the more common oral cancers. It is rare to have remove the whole tongue, but sometimes it is necessary. ...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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Spit tobacco users; what does pain in tongue mean; cancer?

Spit tobacco users; what does pain in tongue mean; cancer?

Could be: Is there any bump, wound, growth, canker sore etc on the tongue area where pain is located? If the answer is yes, you should go to see an oral surgeon and have it biopsied. If you don't see anything, you still need to see md to have your mouth examined. Unfortunately, your exposure to tobacco increases your risk for oral cancer. So, tongue cancer /oral cancer has to be ruled out. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor treats and specializes in tongue cancer?

What kind of doctor treats and specializes in tongue cancer?

Several: Several physicians are involved in the care of patients with tongue cancer. An ear, nose, and throat physician (otolaryngologist); radiation oncologist; and medical oncologist may all be involved at some point during diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor treats tongue cancer?

Which type of doctor treats tongue cancer?

Oral Surgeon: This is usually treated by an oral surgeon and other doctors if any post surgical treatments are needed. ...Read more

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What are the treatment for tongue cancer?

It depends: Treatment for tongue cancer depends upon the stage, health of the person, and personal preferences.

Treatment may include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What tongue cancer treatments can I do at home?

Tongue: None. This is a deadly disease. It should be dealt with surgery, possible radiation/chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can tongue cancer be cured in 4th stage?

Can tongue cancer be cured in 4th stage?

Depends: Cancer it a tricky deal, and I would never say never. It will probably require aggressive chemotherapy, radiation, and possible surgical intervention, but it would be best to consult with your oncologist and the oral/maxillofacial surgeon who will be taking care of you. ...Read more

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Is there any medication/supplement that can help avoid recurrence of a base-of-tongue cancer?

Is there any medication/supplement that can help avoid recurrence of a base-of-tongue cancer?

No research based: Assuming you had appropriate therapy (surgery and/or radiation/chemo), close follow is the most important thing for you. There is no specific research I am aware of to recommend a specific supplement. A balanced diet, with lots of fruits and vegtables would be good, along with a multi-vitamin. Your pcp or oncologist may consider blood work to look for specific vitamin deficiencies like vit d. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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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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 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

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Is there a way I can get tongue cancer?

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 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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Can tongue cancer be cured in 4th stage?

Depends: Cancer it a tricky deal, and I would never say never. It will probably require aggressive chemotherapy, radiation, and possible surgical intervention, but it would be best to consult with your oncologist and the oral/maxillofacial surgeon who will be taking care of you. ...Read more

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How long can you live with tongue cancer?

Survival: It depends on stage. Localized early stage cancer can be curable ...Read more

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How can you know if you've got tongue cancer?

Mass or ulcer: A woody thickening in the tongue, a bump, a crater especially a painless one, or a part of the tongue surface simply turning especially red or especially white for a time. Especially if this is where you keep the end of your smoking apparatus or your chewing tobacco, get it checked -- physicians often do not examine all of the tongue routinely. ...Read more

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