Treatment of tongue cancer
Tongue cancer is a type of oral cancer that affects the anterior (front) two-thirds of the tongue. Cancer affecting the posterior one-third of the tongue is considered a type of head and neck cancer. Tongue cancer usually develops in the squamous cells, the thin, flat cells that cover the surface of the tongue.
Common tongue cancer symptoms
Symptoms of tongue cancer are very similar to symptoms of other types of oral cancer. It can often be mistaken for a cold that won’t go away, or a persistent sore in the mouth. Other tongue cancer symptoms and signs may include:
- Persistent tongue and/or jaw pain
- A lump or thickening in the inside of the mouth
- A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
- A sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away
- Difficulty in swallowing or chewing
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
Homeopathy for tongue cancer A 48-year-old male patient diagnosed with grade 2 squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue with metastasis to the neighboring lymph nodes was consulted at ‘the other song’ by Dr. Sujit Chatterjee, Consultant and Faculty, in May 2012. The patient was advised resection of the tongue as a part of the treatment by the oncosurgeon. The patient was very anxious and wanted to avoid the surgery as resection of tongue would cause loss of speech.
The patient had already undergone 4 cycles of chemotherapy and 29 cycles of radiation with no significant change in the tumor mass. He suffered also from side effects of these therapies in the form of lost appetite, weakness, sleeplessness. On examination, more than half of the tongue was ulcerated, inflamed, disfigured.
The patient experienced tremendous pain while eating, which was worse on swallowing the food. The pain radiated to the ears and head. The food would also get stuck on the tongue on account of the ulcer. As a result of pain and side effect of chemotherapy, his appetite was lost and his sleep was very disturbed.
Before homeopathy treatment for tongue cancer
In homoeopathic practice it is important to explore the patient’s medical, psychological and social history. A full and complete assessment of the patient after a detailed case-takinghelps find a commonality of symptoms on which a homoeopathic remedy suiting the patient’s overall state.
In the patient’s history, it was found he had constant anxiety about his finances and future. He also was grieving the death of his father, who was a major support to him. He was very concerned about the welfare of his family.After taking into consideration, his diagnosis of tongue cancer and all of the above factors a remedy was prescribed.
After homeopathy treatment for tongue cancer
In his follow-up the patient reported that the tumor had completely disappeared. The MRI report dated 08-12-2012 showed no obvious residual/ recurrent mass detected. The patient was much better overall. His appetite had increased and he was able to sleep sound. The oncologist opined there was very good control over the disease.
In this case along with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, homeopathic medicine played an important role to boost the vitality of the patientand to remove all side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Depending on the stage of cancer, Homoeopathy plays an important role in treating it; in cases where the prognosis is good, the medicines provide complete resolution of the tumor mass. In other advanced stages with widespread diseases, our medicinal system plays an important role providing much needed relief of severely agonized states and slwoling down the pace of the disease. What is more, homoeopathic medicines also have known to nullify the intense side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, improving the overall physical state of the person by revitalizing his system.
By Dr. Sujit Chatterjee, Senior homeopathic doctor at the other song homeopathy clinic in Mumbai
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