Apr 17, 2011 - 9:26 pm
My mom is 65 yrs old. She was just recently diagnosed with Stage 4a squamous cell carcinoma of the base of the tongue. The tumor is 5cmx4cmx2cm and is on the left base of the tongue and extends into the tonsil region (the tonsil was clear). She has been having throat and jaw pain for 3 yrs and has been to the doctor 10 times..she was treated for stress (my dad has been battling renal cell cancer for 3 yrs), high blood pressure (doc said it was her blood pressure receptors in her neck), arthritis of the neck, TMJ and finally after going to a 2nd ENT they found the cancer. The doctors here in Peoria state the tumor is too large for surgery as they say they would have to take the whole tongue. The are wanting to do chemo induction followed by chemo/radiation. My sister and I are wanting her to go to Mayos for a 2nd opinion. She is afraid to put off starting treatment any longer. Has anyone been diagnosed with base of tongue cancer stage 4 and be cured with chemo/radiation alone? The oncologist we saw here said that there is only a 30% cure rate for stage 4 tongue cancer and only 80% response rate with chemo/radiation...My mom is scared and overwhelmed...She has never smoked, drank and the tumor is not HPV+...Any information that can be given would be greatly appreciated.