Dentist Fresno Tongue Cancer: What You Need to Know

Fresno Dentist Shares Symptoms & Treatment Options

Tongue cancer is generally defined as a form of oral cancer that forms on the front 2/3 of the tongue. Any cancers that forms on the back third of the tongue are considered a form a head or neck cancer. 
 
Typically, tongue cancers will form in the squamous cells. These cells are thin, flat cells that cover the entire surface region of your tongue.
 
Common Symptoms of Tongue Cancer
 
The symptoms of these types of cancers are quite like other types of oral cancer. Sadly, they are often mistaken for a persistent cold that doesn’t seem to go away. Others experience a persistent sore somewhere on their tongues. A few other sign and symptoms may include:
 
•    Continuous jaw or tongue pain
•    Lumps of thick spots on the tongue
•    White or red patches of skin on your gums, tongue, tonsils or anywhere else in the mouth
•     A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in your throat
•    Difficulty chewing or swallowing
 
However, it is important to note that these symptoms may be attributed to other conditions rather than cancer. This is why it’s important to discuss any signs or symptoms with your Fresno dentist for a more accurate diagnosis.
 
Tongue Cancer Treatments
 
Surgery – Tumor resection is the procedure that involves removing the entire tumor from the tongue. This is the least invasive treatment and is used whenever possible as a first attempt to treat the cancer.
 
Chemotherapy – Chemo is often used in combination with radiation therapy. Chemotherapy used anticancer drugs to destroy the cancer cells in the body. This is often used when the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes. Sometimes oncologists will use a combination of chemotherapy drugs depending on the stage of the cancer and also decreases the chance of the cancer becoming resistant to the drugs.
 
Radiation Therapy – This type of treatment involves an oncologist administering radiation directly to cancerous tissues on the tongue. They will direct high doses of radiation to the tumor using technology that is designed to only attack cancer cells, leaves healthy tissues intact and shorten procedure time. 
 
Please give our office a call today at (559) 438-0121, with any questions or to schedule your next appointment.