Reply to "Tongue Cancer Diagnosis"

Hi Gwyn, Thank you for telling me about the New Member area. I just have a couple of questions. Is this normal for your tongue to be numb? Will your neck get better? It must have been a great feeling to find out that your surgery was not as bad as they had told you. My husband does speak alot at work so we are really worried about the speech.

Originally posted by Gwyn Fraser:

So sorry to hear about your husband's diagnosis. It sounds very similar to what I had last year (though I had to wait 8 weeks for my op post diagnosis - very stressful!). The doctors originally thought that I was a T2 and that when they had removed the tumour I would have to have a tongue flap, but when they came to operate they found I was only a T1 and they could just remove the tumour and sew up the wound. I also had a left-sided neck dissection to remove the lymph nodes, which were clear so I did not have to have radiation - my doctor said this was really good as the radiation causes more problems than the surgery. The doctors are "optimistic" about my prognosis but have said that if the cancer does come back in the future they now still have the option of doing a tongue flap and/or giving me radiation (apparently you can only have radiation once) which is reassuring in a way.

I had my operation on 3 October and am now pretty well back to normal apart from a numb tongue and neck.

Hope this is helpful.
Thinking of you both.

All best wishes