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Treatment of tongue cancer in Israel

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The best oncologists for treatment of tongue cancer in Israel

Prof. Rahamim Ben-Yosef
Work experience: over 30 years

Prof. Rahamim Ben-Yosef deals with the treatment of oncological pathologies, as well as pathological neoplasms in the neck and head.


Ben Yosef is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Hadassah Medical Center. He completed his residency in clinical oncology and radiation therapy at the Hadassah Medical Center, postgraduate practice in the Department of Radiation Therapy at Stanford University, and did research in radiobiology and cancer studies at the Gray Laboratory in London. He became board certified in radiation and medical oncology in 1990.

Scientific activity:

  • Professor Ben-Yosef is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the Rappoport School of Medicine at the Haifa Technion University of Technology. He is engaged in clinical and basic research, which mainly focuses on the study of head and neck cancer, thyroid cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, hyperthermia and radiobiology. The professor is a reviewer of medical journals and scientific grants, as well as a scientific consultant for start-up companies.
  • He has published over 100 scientific articles in medical journals and holds several patents related to cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Membership in professional organizations:

  • Israeli Association for Medical and Radiation Oncology;
  • American Society for Radiotherapy;
  • European Society for Radiotherapy;
  • American Medical Association;
  • European hyperthermia group.
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Prof. Aron Popovtzer
Work experience: over 25 years

Professor Aron Popovtzer was included in the list «Best Doctors in Israel» published annually by FORBES magazine.

Oncology specialization:

  • head and neck tumors;
  • thyroid cancer;
  • individually selected biological and immunotherapy;
  • treatment of recurrent cancer and spinal metastases;
  • Radiotherapy.


  • 1998 — Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
  • 2016 — A six-month advanced training course in radiosurgery with a special emphasis on the modern methods of focused radiotherapy of the spine and malignant thyroid tumors at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA)

Clinical experience:

  • 1998–1999 — Internship at the Hadassah University Hospital (Jerusalem, Israel).
  • 1999–2005 — Specialization in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Rabin Medical Center (Petah Tikva, Israel).
  • 2005–2009 — Specialization in oncology and radiotherapy at the Davidoff Cancer Center (Rabin MC).
  • 2006–2008 — Internship at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA) in multidisciplinary cancer treatment.
  • 2008 — Internship in head and neck tumor brachytherapy at the Beth Israel Medical Center (New York, USA).
  • 2009–2012 — Head of the Head and Neck Cancer Department at the Davidoff Cancer Center.
  • 2013–2019 — Head of the Head and Neck Cancer Department and Deputy Head of the Radiotherapy Department at the Davidoff Cancer Center.
  • Since 2019 — Head of the Oncology Department and the Sharett Institute of Oncology of the Hadassah University Hospita.

Professional membership:

  • Israeli Society of Head and Neck Oncology;
  • Israeli Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery;
  • International Association of Head and Neck Surgery;
  • International Association of Head and Neck Oncology.
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Prof. Dan Fliss
Otolaryngologist, surgeon
Work experience: over 35 years

Professor Dan Fliss is a leading Israeli otolaryngologist.


  • lip cancer;
  • throat cancer;
  • oral cancer;
  • squamous cell carcinoma;
  • leukoplakia;
  • thyroid cancer.


  • Graduate of the Medical Faculty of the University of Bologna, Italy (1991).
  • He completed an internship and residency in Otolaryngology in Israel at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

He is the head of the Department of Otolaryngology at Tel Aviv University, and is engaged in teaching.


  • Professor Fliss has published 170 scientific articles in renowned international medical journals.
  • He is the author of 5 books on head, neck and skull base surgery and 12 chapters in textbooks on Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

Membership in professional organizations:

  • Israeli Society for Oncological Head and Neck Surgery;
  • President of the Israeli Society of Otolaryngology for Head and Neck Surgery;
  • Israeli Medical Association;
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery;
  • Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery;
  • American Society for Head and Neck Surgery;
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology;
  • American Academy of ENT Head and Neck Surgery.
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Dr. Avi Hefetz
ENT, Surgeon
Work experience: over 35 years

Dr. Avi Hefetz is one of the best ENT surgeons in Israel. His professional interests are minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Avi Hevec performs operations for adults and children of any complexity:

  • tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid glands;
  • neoplasms of the salivary glands;
  • dissection of the cervical arteries;
  • tumors of the tongue and palate;
  • neoplasms of the upper and tender jaw;
  • benign and malignant tumors of the skin;
  • throat tumors, etc.

Education and experience:

  • Dr. Avi Hefetz graduated from Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Medicine (1981-1987).
  • He completed residency in the United States at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (1996-1997), after which he practiced there.
  • After returning to Israel, Avi Hefetz served as Chief Head and Neck Surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology at Sourasky-Ichilov Medical Center (2001-2009).
  • In 2009, together with Dr. Roy Landsberg, he founded and headed the ARAM Head and Neck Surgery Center at the Assuta Clinic.

Scientific and academic activities:

  • He has published the results of more than 60 studies in international scientific journals.
  • He has served as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Otolaryngology at Tel Aviv University.

Membership in professional organizations:

  • He has served as chairman of the Israel Society of Oncology and Head and Neck Surgery;
  • member of the Israeli Association of Otolaryngologists;
  • member of the American Association of Head and Neck Surgeons;
  • Member of the International Association of Head and Neck Surgeons (INHSG).
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Work experience: over 32 years

Dr. Roy Landsberg is a well-known specialist in the field of ENT diseases, endoscopic surgery of the nose, paranasal sinuses, sinuses, skull base.


  • Endoscopic treatment of diseases of the nose, sinuses (FESS) and base of the skull;
  • apnea treatment;
  • treatment of various forms of sinusitis;
  • Maxillofacial Surgery;
  • treatment of breathing problems;
  • benign and malignant tumors of the nasal passages and sinuses;
  • treatment of neoplasms of the base of the skull;
  • surgical interventions using navigation devices;
  • orbital decompression in the treatment of thyroid pathology, etc.

Dr. Roy Landsberg has published more than 50 scientific papers, each of which has made a significant contribution to the development of world ENT surgery and otolaryngology.

Membership in professional organizations:

  • Chairman of the Israeli Rhinological Society;
  • American Association of Otolaryngology;
  • European Association of Otolaryngology;
  • American Association for Head and Neck Surgery.
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Dr. Joshua Ben-Zion
Work experience: over 25 years

Special Interests: The mechanism of treatment of head and neck cancer, including the use of stem cells.


  • 1991-1998 – studied medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1991-1998);
  • 2000-2006 – completed residency in otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the Rabin Medical Center.
  • After that, he was a Research Fellow in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford, Palo Alto, California, USA.

He is now Director of Head and Neck Treatment at Soroca University Hospital and Senior Lecturer at Ben Gurion University, Beersheba, Israel.

He and Professor Viktor Novak, head of research at the University of Soroca, created the Biobank of Head and Neck Tumors.

Professional membership:

He is the head of the Israel Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery Society (ISHNOS).

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Patient reviews about Treatment of tongue cancer in Israel
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Diagnosis: tongue cancer

I treated my father at the Ichilov Hospital. It’s good that we noticed the sore on the tongue in time, the doctors were able to cauterize it with a laser, and there was no operation.

Diagnosis: tongue cancer

I had a growth on my tongue that started to hurt. In our clinic in Rostov, they did a biopsy, they said it was squamous cell carcinoma. But Russian doctors were afraid to remove the tumor, since it is in the mouth, and this is very serious. I was treated in Israel by Professor Thomas Spitzer from the Assuta clinic in Tel Aviv. He performed surgery and prescribed radiation. There is no risk of recurrence, but I still need to be observed.

Diagnosis: tongue cancer

Only Israeli oncologists were able to give me a correct diagnosis. Our experts referred to poor oral hygiene, infectious diseases, and even gastrointestinal diseases. But it turned out that I have the initial stage of tongue cancer.

Diagnosis: tongue cancer

Another visit to the dentist was a shock for me. The doctor suspected that I had cancer and referred me to an oncologist. After the examination, I was diagnosed with cancer of the body of the tongue stage 2. I want to go with the results of the biopsy to Assuta, so that Israeli specialists can confirm or deny my diagnosis. If I really have cancer, I will be treated there.

Diagnosis: tongue cancer

I was treated by Ziv Gil. The tumor of the tongue was removed by a robotic surgeon, as precision was required.

Diagnosis: tongue cancer

Father’s tongue cancer was diagnosed at stage 3. Instead of an operation, the doctors preferred the CyberKnife, since the cancer cells had already spread to the bone tissue and surgery would have been quite traumatic. Sessions of stereotactic radiosurgery were supplemented with targeted drugs and cytostatics. The treatment was completed at the Ichilov Medical Center (Sourasky).

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue

I visited the hospital in March 2015 for examination and then in May 2015 for surgery to remove squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue at the Ichilov Medical Center (Sourasky) in Tel Aviv.

I have never met such attention, attitude, equipment, and conditions in Russia, anywhere!

The department of medical tourism picked up a convenient time and sequence of all procedures. In the laboratories, they masterfully performed all the manipulations during the examination. The results are recorded on a CD, the documents are translated into English. Everything was clearly explained.

The operation was carried out by a team with the magnificent ENT-surgeon Moshe Yuda headed.

Several shifts of nurses were caring of me and bringing back to life. The attitude here is different in principle: it is important for the medical staff not only to do their job, but also to cooperate with the patient – we are equal in the process of recovery by importance! And the issue is not that I paid for the operation. They treat the fellow nationals for free and completely on the same conditions! Attitude to all is the same. The staff bears and forbears. By the way, there are Russian speakers in every shift! Absolutely comfortable, calm, humanely, and very nice.

Many thanks to the Israeli medicine, the Sourasky Hospital (Ichilov), which is able to instill hope, give life, and very carefully treats patients!

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Treatment programs for tongue cancer in Israel

Chemotherapy for tongue cancer treatment in Israel

  • Hospitalization: 3 days
  • Duration of stay in Israel: depending on the chemo protocol, multiple courses of chemotherapy may be required
  • Day 1: Meeting at the airport, examination, consultation
  • Day 3: Discharge from the hospital and accommodation in a hotel
  • Day 5: Control examination
  • Day 6: Transfer to the airport

Surgery to remove tongue cancer in Israel

  • Hospitalization: 1 day
  • Duration of stay in Israel: 6 days
  • 1 day: Meeting at the airport, examination, consultation
  • 2 day: Surgery, hospitalization
  • 3 day: Discharge from the hospital and accommodation in a hotel
  • 5 day: Control consultation
  • 6 day: Transfer to the airport

Radiation therapy in the treatment of tongue cancer in Israel

  • Hospitalization: Outpatient
  • Duration of stay in Israel: 11-30 days
  • 1 day: Meeting at the airport, examination, consultation
  • days 2-10/29: Irradiation, daily (except weekends)
  • 11-30 day: Transfer to the airport
Tongue cancer treatment in Israel: the best medical solutions for foreign patients

Рак языкаTreatment of tongue cancer in Israel gives patients a high chance of preserving speech functions. One of the additional advantages is that the cost of treatment in Israeli hospitals is lower than in hospitals in Western countries. According to the Israeli Physicians Association, the cost of tongue cancer treatment in this country is 22% lower than in Germany and other developed European countries, and 54% lower than in the United States. 

The main methods of treating tongue cancer in Israel are surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy in combination with each other or separately. The specific treatment plan for a malignant tumor will be determined by doctors after a detailed examination of the patient.

General information about the disease

Oropharyngeal tongue cancerTongue cancer develops from atypical cells on the organ. The tongue begins in the throat and continues into the mouth. It consists of muscles and nerves that help a person speak, eat, and swallow. There are two types of tongue cancer: oral and oropharyngeal. 

Oral tongue cancer starts in the mouth and can cause symptoms almost immediately. A dentist can detect it first because this part of the tongue is easily visible.

Oropharyngeal tongue cancer starts in the throat and can grow for some time before causing symptoms. When unusual sensations appear, they can be common and have many causes. If a person has a sore throat or ears, an ENT or general practitioner may first check for other causes. Cancer on the back of the tongue can be difficult to see and diagnose. Sometimes, it is detected only after the cancer cells have spread to the lymph nodes in the neck.

What are the signs of tongue cancer? At an early stage, tongue cancer does not cause symptoms. Sometimes, it is accidentally detected by an ENT or dentist during an oral or throat examination. When tongue cancer occurs in the mouth, the first sign is often an ulcer that does not heal. Other symptoms may include pain or bleeding in the mouth and a lump or thickening on the tongue. When tongue cancer occurs in the throat, the first sign may be swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Other symptoms can be associated with weight loss and ear pain. There may also be a lump in the back of the mouth, throat or neck.

Diagnosis of tongue cancer in Israel

Diagnosis of tongue cancer in IsraelDiagnosis of tongue cancer in Israel is carried out according to international protocols. The main types of examinations include:

  • Consultation with an otolaryngologist. The doctor examines the patient’s oral cavity for suspicious lesions. He performs a laryngoscopy – an examination of the throat, and also feels the neck to detect enlarged lymph nodes.
  • Biopsy. The essence of the method is to obtain a sample of tumor tissue for analysis in the laboratory.
  • PET-CT. The procedure combines 2 types of scanning – positron emission tomography and computed tomography. This allows to detect of the smallest metastases up to 0.2 mm.

An extended examination of the oral cavity and oropharynx is performed based on the primary examination data. In this case, for further diagnosis of tongue cancer in Israel, the following are taken into account: age and general health of the patient, symptoms, blood and urine tests results.

The following examinations can be used to diagnose tongue cancer in Israel:

  • Endoscopy. It allows the doctor to look inside the mouth and throat. A thin, flexible tube with a light and lens attached to it, called an endoscope, is inserted through the nose to examine the head and neck.
  • Brush biopsy of the oral cavity. Doctors sometimes use this technique to detect tongue cancer. The doctor uses a small brush to collect cell samples from a suspicious area. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for analysis.
  • Testing for human papillomavirus (HPV). It is performed on a sample of a tumor removed during a biopsy. Knowing whether a person has HPV can help determine the stage of cancer and the most effective treatment options.
  • X-ray. The oncologist may recommend an X-ray to detect abnormal changes in the mouth or neck.


What tumor markers show tongue cancer? Serum levels of CEA, SCC-Ag, and ferritin are diagnostic and can be potential tumor markers for screening patients with malignancy in the oral cavity.

Treatment of tongue cancer in Israel, the cost of procedures

Cancer of the tongue and oropharynx can be cured if detected at an early stage. It is important not only to cure the disease but also to preserve the function of nearby nerves and tissues. Israeli doctors take into account how treatment can affect the patient’s quality of life in the future.

The Israeli doctors team will work with the patient to create the best treatment plan. Head and neck cancer specialists often form an interdisciplinary team for each patient. This team may include:

  • Cost of procedures for tongue cancer treatment in Israelmedical oncologist – a doctor who treats tongue cancer with chemotherapy or other medications;
  • radiation oncologist – a specialist in radiation therapy
  • otolaryngologist (ENT) – examines the condition of the ear, throat and nose during treatment;
  • oncologist – a doctor who performs the removal of a malignant tumor;
  • plastic surgeon – a doctor who specializes in reconstructive surgery during volume interventions;
  • maxillofacial orthopedist – a specialist who performs restorative procedures in the head and neck area;
  • dental oncologist or oral oncologist – a doctor who has experience in treating people with head and neck cancer;
  • speech therapist – a medical professional who specializes in speech and swallowing disorders;
  • psychologist and psychiatrist – these specialists take care of the emotional needs of a person with cancer and the needs of their family.

There are 3 main options for treating tongue cancer: surgery, radiation therapy (radiotherapy) and medical treatment (including immune drugs).

Surgical treatment of tongue cancer in Israel will depend on the type of surgery and the patient’s condition. Radiation therapy on the CyberKnife can cost about $9000 for one course. The cost of new-generation immunotherapy will depend on the type and duration of the drug. Long-term immunotherapy drugs give a better chance of remission and complete recovery.

Surgical methods of treating tongue cancer in Israel

Glossectomy for tongue cancerMost often, after surgery, radiation therapy, drug treatment, or a combination of both may be required. Depending on the location, stage, and other features of tongue cancer, some people may need more than 1 surgery to remove the tumor. After that, the appearance and function of the affected tissues are usually restored.

The most common methods of surgical treatment of tongue cancer in Israel:

  • Surgery of the primary tumor. The malignant tumor and the edge of healthy tissue around it are removed.
  • Glossectomy. This is a partial or complete removal of the tongue.
  • Mandibulectomy. If the tumor has penetrated the jaw, then part of the affected bone is removed.
  • Maxillectomy. During the operation, the doctor removes part or all of the hard palate.
  • Dissection of the neck. Cancer of the tongue or oropharynx often spreads to the cervical lymph nodes. In this case, it may be necessary to remove some or all regional lymph nodes.
  • Laryngectomy. This is a partial or complete removal of the larynx. Surgery may be required to treat tongue cancer that has spread to the oropharynx.
  • Transoral robotic surgery and transoral laser microsurgery. These are minimally invasive surgeries that do not require large incisions to get to the tumor and remove it.

Glossectomy is used to surgically treat tongue cancer when other therapies have failed. Some people only need to have part of the tongue excised, while others need to have the entire tongue removed. Taking into account the hospital stay, such treatment of tongue cancer in Israel can cost about $30,000.

Tongue root cancer: treatment in Israel with effective methods

Tongue root cancer treatment in Israel: radiationThe tumor at the base of the tongue is usually large at the stage of diagnosis because, in the early stages of the tumor, it is difficult to see. The only early symptom is ear pain. Later, voice changes and difficulty swallowing appear.

Treatment options for tongue root cancer in Israel vary depending on the stage, which includes the size of the tumor, its location and the spread of the malignant process. Whenever possible, Israeli oncologists develop a plan that preserves the patient’s ability to breathe, speak and eat normally. Surgery and radiation remain the most effective methods of treating cancer of the base of the tongue. Treatment can be complemented by modern drug therapy, which is available in leading Israeli clinics such as Beilinson, Herzliya and Shiba


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Tongue cancer treatment in IsraelExperts Medical staff analyzes information about the treatment of tongue cancer in Israel. You can see reviews from real patients on the pages of clinics that treat this disease.

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