What is Tongue Cancer?
Cancer of the tongue is a common yet severe subtype of head and neck cancer. Tongue cancer can be categorized by the location of the tumor, namely oral tongue cancer and cancer of the tongue base. Since oral tongue is much more observable than the tongue base, cancer affecting the oral tongue is usually detected earlier.
Classically, oral tongue cancer presents as a small, graying pink ulcer on the side of the tongue which bleeds easily when touched or bitten. The lesion is painful and may become uncomfortable leading to talking, swallowing and chewing difficulties. On the other hand, if the location of the lesion is at the base of the tongue, then it presents as voice change, pain and difficulty swallowing.
If the tumor is small, surgical removal is the treatment of choice, followed by radiation therapy which will only be used in the future or when it is deemed necessary. However, compared to radiation therapy, surgery is more ideal since it is less expensive and less time consuming and is as effective as radiation. Another reason is that the human body should have an accepted limit in the amount of radiation exposure. In such case when the cancer has affected most of the tongue already, and radiotherapy and chemotherapy have failed to shrink the tumor, there is a need to perform the last option which is to remove the tongue by glossectomy.
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