Head and neck cancer

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Tongue Cancer Scar

Nessie34
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Hi there

I’m new to the forum, but have read lots of posts which have been really useful and informative.

I had a Partial Glossectomy on the right side of my tongue (no graft needed) and a neck dissection on the right side in April 2019.

Following this I’ve not needed any more treatment and am cancer free which is brilliant.

I had my third six weekly check up last week and my consultant mentioned that the scar tissue on my tongue has a lump. He stressed it is not cancer but if it gets bigger it will need to be removed. I had a photo taken whilst at the hospital so he can compare it at my next check up. (04/09/19)

The past few days the lump feels a bit bigger and has got more tingly than usual. Has anyone else experienced this/had their scar tissue removed?

Thanks

Vanessa

LindaWT
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Hi Vanessa

Welcome to the forum.

I was so interested to read your post as I had a tumour removed from the base of my tongue.  Over the last few weeks the area has become much more noticable and slightly uncomfortable, almost like I've got a bit of crisp stuck.  At my last checkup the consultant confirmed it was scar tissue and said it didn't look as if it required any treatment at this stage.  I didn't question as to whether it was likely to get bigger - I was just relieved to hear that it didn't look like it required biopsy.  I'll be really interested to hear how you get on.  

I have another appt in a couple of weeks so if I get any further information I'll let you know.

All the best

Linda

Nessie34
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Hi Linda

Just an update in case anyone else has this in the future.

My doctor has said the scar tissue needs to be removed (Just like when I had a tongue biopsy) It’s causing discomfort, pain and is rubbing on a sharp bit of my tooth. 

I will then have a mouth guard given to me that day so I can use it at night time to stop my tongue rubbing at night.

Fingers crosses this will keep the scar tissue from getting bigger again.

All the best

LindaWT
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Thanks for the update Nessie.

Good luck with the procedure.  Have you been given a date?

Do let us know how it goes.

All the best

Linda