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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

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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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 kind of doctor sees somebody for tongue cancer?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for tongue cancer?

ENT, and others: Many types of doctors may need to be involved. An otolaryngologist, radiation therapist and a medical oncologist may all be needed depending in the stage of the tongue cancer. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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 a way I can get tongue cancer?

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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What could I do to determine if I have tongue cancer?

What could I do to determine if I have tongue cancer?

By a biopsy: The actual final diagnosis of oral cancer can only be made by a biopsy. If concerned, see your dentist for medical history and physical and oral exam. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tongue cancer?

What is the definition or description of: tongue cancer?

Malignancy of tongue: 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. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I'm convinced I have tongue cancer?

What do you suggest if I'm convinced I have tongue cancer?

Several opinions: First to see would be an oral surgeon whom will evaluate and decide whether to biopsy or not. Depending upon the results, you may be referred to an oncologist. Hopefully you do not have any cancer! ...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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What is the survival rate for tongue cancer?

It depends: Survival of tongue cancer, as in all cancers, depends upon the stage and the treatment administered, as well as the underlying health of the person with the cancer. ...Read more

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If I only was smoking for 3 years what are the chances of tongue cancer?

If I only was smoking for 3 years what are the chances of tongue cancer?

Small: The canhces are greater than someone who did not smoke but by itself are relatively small. If however you also chewed tobacco and have a habit of drinking alcohol more than one -two servings per day, then your risk will go up. ...Read more

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Can a tongue ulcer cause tongue cancer?

Can a tongue ulcer cause tongue cancer?

Not really: Tongue ulcers do not turn into cancers but they may be cancers to begin with. ...Read more

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How common is tongue cancer cigar smoking?

How common is tongue cancer cigar smoking?

Greatly increased: The chance of getting mouth cancer (including tongue cancer, but others as well) is increased as the amount of cigar smoking increases. The risk is about 15-20 times that of non-smokers. Alcohol consumption also increases the risk. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mouth or tongue cancer?

Changes: Changes in the mouth tissues--growths, changes in color, white spots or spots that bleed, areas that don't ever seem to heal completely--these are things that should be examined by your dentist. ...Read more

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Every year, how many teenagers get oral/mouth/tongue cancer?

Oral cancer: There seems to be a trend and demographic shift in younger patients showing up with head and neck area esp oral cavity cancers partially attributed to smoking patterns and prevalence of hpv (human papilloma virus) and other reasons for this shift are not fully understood. ...Read more

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Can tongue cancer develop from smoking if you have a tongue piercing?

Can tongue cancer develop from smoking if you have a tongue piercing?

Tongue cancer or: Other oral/ ENT cancers could be associated with smoking. The piercing won't cause cancer but it can lead to many 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 ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What is some information about tongue cancer?

Information: Emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/847428-overview.
See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm convinced I have tongue cancer?

Examination: If you feel there is something abnormal with your tongue you need to be examined by an oral &maxillofacial surgeon or a dentist that feels comfortable doing a thorough head and neck examination. ...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


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Tongue Cancer (Definition)

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