Ive never commented here before but my dad at 56has been diagnosed with base of tongue cancer in 2012 and have had to remove his tongue with the muscle flap replacement from his thigh. He is speaking and swallowing fine, he is a radiologist himself and there are days when he gets frustrated that his patients can't understand him but he gets through it. He has restricted himself to soft diets, NutriBullet has been a friend. Eating out has also been a challenge, French restaurants that serve a good soup is the norm these days, no more chicken or steaks. He still enjoys cooking for us though, with lots of garlic and onions, must be the smell that excite him.
I'm glad to hear survivors who share similar stories.
Also, if anyone can recommend a good speech and language therapist in the London area it would be a great help.
I am a cancer research scientist myself and its heartbreaking to know that side effects of the treatment really affect a patient's quality of life and the field is working hard to target the tumour more precisely to avoid these harsh side effects.