Experts of Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou said that tongue cancer treatment methods are various, including: surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, interventional therapy, minimally invasive targeted therapy with combination of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine. Hereby we would like to introduce the following treatment methods:
If the tumor located within 2/3 area of anterior tongue, operation should be firstly considered. Tongue cancer has many characters like relatively wider expansion within tongue muscles, early neck lymph node metastasis, high metastatic rate, etc. Therefore, in addition to the T1 cases, the others must consider radical operation for primary foci together with elective neck lymph nodes combined, which includes: primary tumor excision, neck dissection. For the weak and elderly patients of T1/2 tongue cancer or also having other systemic diseases that cannot undergo operation, consideration should be given to other treatment methods.
For T1~T2 early tongue cancer, radiotherapy can achieve good effects. The advantages of radiotherapy are that tongue can keep good shape and function after the therapy.
For early high differentiated tongue cancer, radiotherapy can play a preferred role in the treatment; for advanced tongue cancer, integrated sequential therapy combined with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery shall be adopted. Meanwhile, immune therapy combining with minimally invasive targeted therapy of TCM and western medicines shall be also reinforced.
Interventional therapy of tongue cancer
Interventional therapy is a mini-invasive therapy performed under the guidance of medical imaging equipments. With a 1-2 millimeter incision, paracentesis can be performed with the lead of medical imaging equipment. Then a special tube, catheter or other sophisticated apparatus are introduced to inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells, so as to cut off the tumor’s blood supply and reach the effect of local chemotherapy without any toxic side effects of chemotherapy. It has the following advantages:
Drugs are directly given to the tumor to cut off the blood supply and starve the cancer cells to death, so as to protect the normal tissues from the drugs.
2.Small Trauma, Quick Recovery
No operation. With a 2 mm incision, patients can restore to health quickly.
3.Few Side Effects
Interventional therapy overcomes the disadvantages and deficiencies of traditional chemotherapy. Drugs reach to the tumor are of high concentration, which bring few side effects and reduce patients’ suffering.
Patient’s survival time can be prolonged and live quality can be improved after taking interventional therapy.
Interventional therapy can be taken repeatedly because it is not restricted by the metabolism of cancer cell.
Interventional therapy usually adopts local anaesthesia, which avoids the limitation and risk of general anesthesia.
Experts of Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou remind that tongue cancer is a great threat to health of human-being. Once diagnosed with tongue cancer, patients shall receive timely treatments, however, the treatment methods vary, and how to choose proper treatments shall depend on patients’ actual condition.