About Tongue Cancer
The tongue consists of the oral tongue that can be seen and the base of the tongue in the back of the mouth. Tongue cancer, which generally occurs in the visible area of the tongue, is often linked to the use of tobacco, heavy drinking of alcohol, and genetic factors. If symptoms of tongue cancer are present, a biopsy is frequently performed to see if cancerous cells are in the tissue. Our board-certified head and neck (otolaryngologist) surgeons of the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas offer surgical treatments to remove cancerous tissue from the tongue. Drs. Martin Corsten, Yadro Ducic, and Masoud Saman can perform either a total or partial tongue cancer surgery, known as a glossectomy, to best fit the patient's needs. In addition to surgical treatments, our skilled surgeons offer reconstructive surgery to restore the patient's appearance and function along with speech therapy at our multiple locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
"My experience was much better than I expected, Dr Corsten and the entire staff made me feel very comfortable and I am very appreciative ."- A.T. / Office Visit / Aug 14, 2018
"I recently had to have a forehead flap procedure performed by Dr. Ducic. He is a blessing with his skill and knowledge. It's amazing how hard he works as well as his very talented staff. The office staff are exceptional. Especially Selena Murray who went out of her way to make sure all of my concerns were addressed by Dr. Ducic. He's very busy but he does a great job at making you understand exactly what can or can't be done. I highly recommend this team of professionals."- P.R. / Healthgrades / Sep 08, 2018
"AMAZING Doctor and staff!! I highly recommend for rhinoplasty and facial work!"- S.L. / Healthgrades / Aug 30, 2018
"#Crisalix"- S.K. / Facebook / Aug 01, 2018
"I came for a consult and was put on the schedule for surgery the same day (for roughly a month later). The girls in the office are fantastic and efficient and great with follow up calls and scheduling, etc. Dr. Kelling is lovely and we talked extensively about my history and concerns about my procedure (no fancy stuff, just airflow issues). As for my procedure (septoplasty and much needed turbinate reduction), I am overwhelmingly overjoyed at being able to breathe freely agai...n. I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and alert and I ask myself if I even need a cup of coffee. I’m no longer a slave to caffeine in the morning, I just drink it because I enjoy it. I can now smell colors! Ok, maybe not colors, but I am moved to tears at least once a day at all the things I can smell and taste again after nearly a decade of deficient airflow. My only regret is I did not find Dr. Saman sooner. Though I did not take advantage of his artistic talent in rhinoplasty (though I would have totally gone for it five years ago), I felt like it was best to overshoot rather than undershoot when it comes to a surgeon’s skill. He is very transparent about his procedures and techniques on social media, I found him on Snapchat and followed on Instragram as well and I have to say it didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable and confident he could help me. Thank you Dr. Saman! You have helped me heal in more ways than I can express."- J.A. / Facebook / Jul 10, 2018
The most common signs of tongue cancer can usually be seen by the patient or their dentist and include:
- Chronic bad breath (halitosis)
- Pain or trouble swallowing
- Painful mouth sores
- Red or white patch on the tongue
- Trouble speaking
- Unexplained bleeding from the mouth
Tongue cancer is generally treated with surgery to remove the cancerous areas of the tongue. A partial glossectomy removes part of the tongue while a total glossectomy removes the entire tongue, including the base. During surgery to remove the cancer, Drs. Corsten, Ducic, and Saman can also perform reconstructive surgery to help the patient function more normally after they recover.
What to Expect
The cancerous tissue removed will be examined to help determine how successful the surgery was and if other cancer treatments, like radiation or chemotherapy, may be needed. Patients who did not have reconstruction done along with their tongue cancer surgery can discuss this at one of their follow-up appointments. The Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas also offers speech therapy services to help patients who have trouble chewing or speaking after their glossectomy.
Plan Your Procedure
Cancer Treatment Options
A total or partial glossectomy at the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas can be performed to treat tongue cancer. With several offices in Dallas and Fort Worth, board-certified head and neck surgeons Drs. Corsten, Ducic, and Saman offer consultations for patients who have signs of tongue cancer and for those who have been diagnosed to discuss advanced surgical treatment options.