• Has anyone had a glossectomy? I am scared to death that I will never be able to talk again.

    Asked by NeckCancer on Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Has anyone had a glossectomy? I am scared to death that I will never be able to talk again.

    They say that only a portion of my tongue will have to be removed, but there is no way to know how much and how bad it will affect my speech. Can you talk after having your surgery? Did you have to have speech therapy?

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I knew a man who had half of his tongue removed. They replaced it with tissue from his leg. He talked quite well.

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I meant to add, "best of luck!!" I will have you in my prayers.

      about 1 month ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I've read what those who've had partial glossectomies have said after their surgery. They all were able to talk, although some of them had to have speech therapy. I hope that your surgery goes as your surgeon expects (or even better). Sending you my best wishes -

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Wow, I had no idea that could be done, the leg tissue. NeckCancer, I wish you well, I had a malignant tonsil, but the worst I've had is radical neck dissection and radiation damage to my throat.

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Greg, it was back in the early 90s. He used to come talk to us in the smokers area... his tongue grew hair where the leg tissue was ... that has always turned my stomach, but hey, he was alive and well!!

      about 1 month ago
    • biga17133's Avatar
      biga17133

      ohh come on now LiveWithCancer I'm glad he was able to talk and I wish NeckCancer the best and will be praying for gods healing ,,,But it grew hair??? I'm glad he is alive and well but how do you not get the giggles saying his tongue needs a shave..? not trying to be rude or mean just trying to keep a straight face saying 'hair on the tongue' which doctor takes care of that?...still taking a bath by myself biga17133

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Haha, biga17133, it surely made an impression on me!! I don't know if he was pulling my leg ... he was a jokester. And i am naive, especially back then.

      about 1 month ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Ask to speak with other patients upon whom the surgeon has operated. Offer your phone number or get theirs.

      Best wishes

      about 1 month ago
    • Kebohs' Avatar
      Kebohs

      Wishing you the best of luck and ask your Dr. many questions.

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @NeckCancer, have you had the surgery? How are you doing?

      28 days ago

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