Was told I have base of tongue squamous cell carcinoma in August of 2007. I had a lump on my neck that I ignored for too long and also a minor sore throat, my Doctor told me it was forth stage cancer. Had 33 sessions of radiation and 3 chemo sessions, about 45 days of treatment and about 45 days to recover. I used a feeding tube for all of my nourishment. Taste buds and saliva returned to normal in a relatively short period of time (thank God). I began seeing my Doctors on once a year statis last year. Last Nov.14th, he said my chances for survival was rated at 80 percent so I hoping soon he'll say it's at 90 percent. My life is back to normal as far as I am concerned. On 11/14/12 I can claim 5 year cancer survival status. I'm totally grateful to my team of Doctors and everyone who has helped me fight my cancer, I can't thank them enough!! If anyone has a question for me, please email me and I'll share whatever information I have experienced with you.