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Q. What is the treatment for tongue cancer?

My Father in Law is 65 and has just been diagnosed with tongue cancer. What treatment will he be undergoing? What are his survival rates?
A1I had tongue cancer which sread to my lymph nodes on my neck. I underwent surgery and now I only have half of my tongue. But thanks to the surgeon Dr Justin Bergman (TRINTAS HOSPITAl Elizabeth NJ)I can speak enough to make me understand.I also got 9 weeks radiation after the operation.The bad thing is that recently after a Pet Scan I got the bad news that I have a cancerous tumor in my left lung on the same side were the tongue cancer was
A2The earlier the tongue cancer is detected, the better the survival chances are.
A3Treating tongue cancer will depend on the size of the cancer and whether or not it has spread to the lymph nodes in your neck. The best treatment for very small tongue cancers is surgery. Most very small cancers of the oral tongue can be quickly and successfully treated by surgical removal leaving behind little cosmetic or functional change. For larger tumours that have spread to the lymph nodes in the neck, you will most likely have a combination of surgery and radiotherapy.

Q. What is Tongue cancer?

I heard that smoking can cause tongue cancer. Is this true and what is tongue cancer?
A1Cancer of the tongue is a malignant tumor that begins as a small lump, a firm white patch, or a sore (ulcer) on the tongue. If untreated, the tumor may spread throughout the tongue to the floor of the mouth and to the gum (jaws). As a tumor grows, it becomes more life threatening by spreading (metastasizing) to lymph nodes in the neck and later to the rest of the body. The general term for this type of cancer is cancer of the oral cavity.

Hope this help.
A2Yes, smoking can cause tongue cancer. Smoking Tobacco (cigarettes, cigars and pipes) and drinking a lot of alcohol are the main risk factors for cancer of the head (including the tongue) and neck.
A3There are two parts to your tongue, the oral tongue and the base of the tongue. Cancer can develop in either part. The oral tongue is the part you see when you ‘poke your tongue out’ at someone. This is the front two thirds of your tongue. Cancers that develop in this part of the tongue come under a group of cancers called mouth (oral) cancer.
The base of the tongue is the back third of the tongue. This part is very near your throat (pharynx). Cancers that develop in this part are called oropharyngeal cancers (pronounced oar-o-farin-gee-al).

Q. What are the symptoms of tongue cancer?

I have a white patch on my tongue for quite a while. I tried scratching it off but it starts bleeding. Is it cancer?
AThe symptoms of tongue cancer may include:
A red or white patch on the tongue, that will not go away
A sore throat that does not go away
A sore spot on the tongue that does not go away
Pain when swallowing
Numbness in the mouth that will not go away
Unexplained bleeding from the tongue (that is, not caused by biting your tongue or other injury)
Pain in the ear (rare)
However, don't be alarmed as these symptoms may be due to a less serious medical condition. But it is important to check symptoms with your GP just to make sure.

Q. tongue pain and brain tumor

A2 cranial nerves (nerves that go out of the brain itself) are responsible for sensory innervation the tongue- the glossofaringial (the inner third of the tongue) and a branch of the trigeminal nerve. (outer two thirds of the tongue). the pain could indicate pressure of the tumor on each one of them- depends where it hurts...

Q. mouth ulcer and difficulty to swallow, below right side of inner tongue

guggle salt water and vinigar dose'nt help
Ahow big is it? mouth ulcers has a reason why they happen. sometimes a broken tooth, biting a sharp metal, a prosthetic that doesn't sit well..that sort of things. but sometimes it is caused by other stuff. any way, oral hygiene may relieve some of the symptoms. Topical (rubbed on) antihistamines, antacids, corticosteroids, or other soothing preparations may be recommended for applying on top of the ulcer. Avoid hot or spicy foods.

Q. I wanne know why my breath is smelth,when i am sleeping and specially in mornings.i brush morning on my tongu

I always must chewing sth , while my mouth is empty , my breath is bad smell.i`m im 39 aging and i have this problem from when I was a teenage person
ABad breath in most of the cases happens because of problems with mouth or teeth (like bacteria between your teeth or on the back of your tongue). You may consult a dentist to see if there is a problem that can be treated. You can also try to eat a good breakfast with fibers, drink water, chew gum for a several minutes, gargling with mouthwash or brush the back of your tongue and see if these things helps.

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