Diane Allen's Oral Cancer Battle


May 6, 2010

CBS 3

In continuing coverage, CBS 3 reports on New Jersey State Senator (and formers news anchor for the station) Diane Allen recovering from a terrifying battle with oral cancer. It was a painful bump on he tongue that was eventually diagnosed as Stage 3 oral cancer. "It's not just deadly. It's devastating in terms of quality of life," said Bert O'Malley, MD, chair of Otorhinolaryngology. The only hope was surgery to remove part of her tongue and lower mouth. It was a 10-hour operation, back in November. Diane has a long scar from her ear down and across her neck. It was a long and difficult recovery, with intensive speech therapy. "It turned out that I could actually speak not perfectly, but speak and my family and I just couldn't believe it," said Diane. Now she wants to get word our about oral cancer. It's increasing, and the symptoms are easily dismissed according to O'Malley. "Early on it's vague pain in the back of the throat or in the sinuses or teeth," said O'Malley... read more

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