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Oral Cancer

Black Spot on the Tongue

07/09/2010

Question:

Last year my relative had a dark spot on his tongue. The doctor told him it was not cancer, and had it surgically removed. After a year this thing came back and it is bigger in size and looks black. Several doctors told him it was a blood vessel tumor on his tongue and if try to remove it, it will come back and become bigger. At this point they don`t know what to do in this case. They say that they haven`t see it before and don`t know the treatment. What are we suppossed to do at this point? It gets bigger, darker, and more uncomfortable. What are his options? Is there a specialist that deals with such blood vessel tumors on the tongue? Thank you for you help. We don`t know where to turn for help.

Answer:

Unfortunately, this forum is not appropriate for specific individual advice. However, if this was some type of blood vessel tumor as you describe, it should be evaluated by a head and neck surgeon. This is usually an ear, nose, and throat physician, possibly even at a tertiary type center such as a university. These centers usually have an ENT department (Otolaryngology) with specialists specifically in the field of head and neck oncology who can then assist with proper guidance on treatment options.

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Response by:

Amit  Agrawal, MD Amit Agrawal, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University