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Oral Cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Tongue

10/19/2010

Question:

My mother aged 52 is suffering from squamous cell carcinoma of tongue.She had two sessions of chemotherapy ,presently undergoing tibetan treatment from her doctor. However,her tongue has swell to such an extent that she finds it difficult to even drink something.Is there any way out ,that how to give her food or liquid diet. As she is not able to take even liquid diet properly,she is becoming very weak .Please suggest something for food(liquid) intake.

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) tube placement to the stomach is a frequent way to feed the patients during and after the treatment of head and neck cancer patients until they get all the nutrients by mouth. Thanks.

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Response by:

Enver  Ozer, MD Enver Ozer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University