Sep 09, 2013 - 12:09 pm
Well, I don't seem to be able to beat this thing. I was just diagnosed with another tumor on my base of tongue. This is my 4th reucrrence since my original diagnosis 5 years ago. Because I've had prior tongue base resections, the only surgical option at this point is a total glossectomy with a free flap from my rectis abdominis muscle. Because of my prior surgeries, I would have almost no tongue base left to help with movement of the flap.
I'm wondering what others in the group who have undergone a total glossectomy have to say about recovery from such an operation as well as the potential for speech afterwards.
Because of my history of , all my docs feel I would still have a very high likelihood of another recurrence after this surgery so I also have to consider just slowing things down with chemo and letting nature take it course. I just don't know which way is going to tougher on me and more importantly, my family.
Thanks for any input.