Q.My mother-in-law has been diagnosed with tongue cancer. She is 79 and somewhat frail. We will go to a specialist tomorrow for further analysis of the cancer. What is the spectrum of treatments for someone of this age?

J.C.

A.The treatment depends on how large the cancer is and whether it has spread to lymph nodes in the neck. Without knowing the size of the tumor, I cannot give you a very specific answer as to your mother-in-law’s options.

However, I can certainly answer your question regarding the spectrum of treatments available for tongue cancer.

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