Sep 27, 2013 - 3:13 pm
I carried a tongue cyst for about 18 months after being told by doctors as a infectedd salivary gland which when finally removed turned out to be very slow growing 'Muco-epidermoid carcinoma - low grade'.
The histopathology report states one of the peripheral margin is close, 0.1 cm clear. The MRI that was done after 7 weeks of surgery finds no evidence of any residual tumor (not suspecting anything negative, the intial surgery just shaved off the tumor from the tongue surface, so the MRI is not able to locate the area of surgery as there were no stiches so no scarring).
The surgeon gave me 2 options, either go for a safe wider excision (1.5 cm by 1 cm and about 6 mm deep) which could affect my speech a bit or 'Wait & Watch' with a clinical follow up every month and a repeat MRI after 3 months.
I am skeptical about the surgery being an overkill. Kindly advise if it safe to go by the MRI being all clear, even though the margin is close or go ahead with the surgery. Any of you had a similar condition? Seeking your advise, surgery planned in a week's time.