Tongue cancer is a type of oral (MOUTH) cancer that forms in the front two-thirds of the tongue. Cancer that forms in the back one third of the tongue is considered a type of head and neck cancer. Tongue cancer usually develops in the squamous cells, the thin, flat cells that cover the surface of the tongue. Like other cancers, it happens when cells multiply abnorally and form a growth, or tumor.
There are two types. One is called oral tongue cancer because it affects the part you can stick out. The other happens at the base of your tongue, where it connects to your throat. This type is often diagnosed after it has spread to the lymph nodes in your neck.
It is more common in adults and rare in children.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type of tongue cancer. This type of cancer occurs:
• on the surface of the skin
• in the lining of the mouth, nose, larynx, thyroid, and throat
• in the lining of the respiratory and digestive tracts
All of these parts of the body are covered in squamous cells.
SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS:
1. A lump or sore on the side of your tongue that doesn’t go away. It may be pinkish-red in color. Sometimes the sore will bleed if you touch or bite it.
2. Pain in or near your tongue.
3. Change in your voice.
4. Difficulty in swallowing.
RISK FACTORS :
1. Tongue cancer is also more common in older men than in women or younger people. Oral cancers are most common in people over 55 years old.
2. smoking or chewing tobacco or betel chewing
3. heavy drinking
4. HPV infection
5. a family history of cancer
6. poor oral hygiene (constant irritation from jagged teeth or ill-fitting dentures can increase your risk of tongue cancer)
Your doctor will examine your mouth and ask questions about your symptoms. He may recommend an X-ray or CT (computerized tomography) scan — several X-rays are taken from different angles and put together to show a more detailed picture.
He also may take a sample of tissue from your mouth to test (a biopsy).
HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT : for tongue cancer is safe, natural and gentle. It treats cancer safely without any side effects. However, I always prefer constitutional approach to treat man as a whole. Homoeopathy works on the principle of vital force. A well selected homoeopathic remedy stimulates the vital force of the affected patient. It boosts the immune system. It stimulates the B-CELLS, T-CELLS (healthy cells) to fight against the cancer cells and also it stops the further abnormal growth. As it boost the normal healthy cells to control the growth of abnormal cells; therefore it is completely SAFE AND SIDE-AFFECTS FREE and also it prevents cancer and its reoccurrence. The early stage of this dreadful disease, however, is curable with proper Homeopathic medicines that can provide holistic treatment for cancer. In later stages, where cure cannot be expected, these medicines helps in maintaining the quality of life and increase longevity. Homoeopathic medicines if taken along with the chemotherapy or radiotherapy, it helps in reduction or elimination of side effects that are normally brought by such treatment. For tongue cancer, homoepathic medicines like aurum mur, kali- cy, alumina, apis, arsenic, phos, lachesis.
If there is ulcerative lesion on tongue medicine SEMPERVIVUM TECTORUM is indiated.
For neuralgic pains in tongue cancer KALI CYANATUM is indicated. While for epithelioma , hydrastis, kali cyanatum, semp,, tuj works well.
Arsenic Album, Merc Sol are the best Homeopathic medicines that can be indicated if symptoms agree .
Arsenic Album works well when there is excessive dryness and burning in mouth. There may be bloody Saliva , there may be a metallic taste in mouth.
Merc Sol is the ideal when there is an increased saliva in the mouth with offensive odour.