Jan 10, 2009 - 3:17 pm
In Aug. 2008 my significant other of 12 yrs went for his regular 6 month dental checkup; it was there that a lump inside the middle of his tongue was discovered (he never knew it was there). He saw an ENT dr the next wk and after examining it, the dr said he was sure it wasn't cancer because of the way it presented itself (no lesion, redness, or different color) but said to come back in a month. One month later there was no change and no further evaluation needed except "let's keep an eye on it" and "see you in 3 months". About a week and a half after the 3 month visit (at which time there was no change whatsoever) my S.O. started to feel that the tongue was sensitive and seemed larger. Although the dr. could not see any significant changes (still no lesions and the same color as the rest of the tongue), he decided to do a biopsy last week but STILL felt it was not cancer. During the biopsy, however, the dr. mentioned that it was NOT a cyst, nor was it a fatty tissue deposit. The pathology report will take a week and we will get the results on Thurs., 1/15.
We are waiting for the results and going crazy thinking our lives together are at an end. He does NOT want to live without a tongue or be deformed physically, not being able to eat or speak correctly. I should mention he has NEVER touched tobacco and drinks alcohol infreguently-- we are both 59 yrs. old, healthy and very athletic. (I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a bilateral mastectomy in 11/08 and all is well). Last week my sister's 58 yr old husband dropped dread on the basketball court. So as you can see, our plates are full right now with anxiety. The stress of this biopsy and being in limbo is torture for us both. Any comments?