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#199681 01-14-2020 10:36 AM
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Diagnosed with SCC HPV 16 in July. Seven weeks Chemoradiation treatments ended Sept 30. I am now 15 weeks from the end of treatment and my tongue still hurts in the same place where this all started. Post treatment MRI was "clean". Eating is ok and speech a bit strained. Is it normal to have residual pain at the site of the where the tumor started. ?

Bethesda #199683 01-14-2020 11:25 AM
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Have you discussed this with your doctors like ENT, radiation and medical oncologists? What did they say and gonna do? It’s also where you received the most radiation at the original site? I know after radiation there can be an inflammatory response and or dead tissue. What my radiation oncologist did for me was to monitor the site, and I didn’t go for a PET scan until the 5 month mark. Some may do a scan at the usual 3 months. The can do a scan eatkier, but depending on when there still could be swelling, and show a false positive.

If you haven’t already, discus your concerns with your doctors! Good luck!


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Bethesda. Discuss with your radiation oncologist and/or your pain treatment specialist. Coincidentally I was at the cancer centre yesterday under very similar circumstances. Completed treatment in October but recently felt pain in my tongue near the location of the original tumor. Mri and CT scans were completed over the Holidays - Dec 27 and 31.

Oncologist thought that the pain I was feeling was normal radiation pain. After radiation, scar tissue develops which can prevent normal draining of the area. Fluid build up compresses nerves which creates pain. Many nerves in the mouth area creates good conditions for pain recurrence. To put my mind at ease about a recurrence of cancer, oncologist scheduled a PET scan with a sucrose injection (?) which will “light up” active cancer areas in body.

I was relieved somewhat but still a bit nervous about PET scan.

I have come to realize that cancer is one of those things that causes you to be “always looking over your shoulder”. Every little ache or pain or rash is going to make you rush to judgement about a recurrence. I think this is natural - it is for me anyway. I’m just that psychologically vulnerable at this point.

My palliative care doctor also adjusted my pain medications to help with the pain. Hasn’t helped yet...

Good luck with your treatment.


Preliminary diagnosis of SqCC at base of tongue August 2, 2019.
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33 radiation treatments ended October 25, 2019.
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I am experiencing some irritation to the right side of my tongue where most radiation took place. I was diagnosed in March of 2019 underwent 8 weeks of Chemotherapy and Followed by radiation since my tumor responded well to chemotherapy. I finished Treatment in August of 2019 and had my first scan on November 2019 showed cleared!
But I wanted to ask if you as well have irritation with spicy foods? I think I might have irritated my tongue with the spicy food I ate, I also contracted the flu frown and now I think I have fever blister on the same side of my tongue.
Just wondering if you have had similar situation?


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Welcome to the forum.

It would help you get responses if you could let us know where the cancer was found — was it oral tongue, the mouth cavity, etc.

As far as I can see, I think it’s a bit too soon for spicy food. The radiation data age to your mouth will need a bit longer to heal.


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