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Quality of life after a total Glossectomy with Laryngectomy

My Dad was diagnosed with a malignant tumour at the base of his tongue in April 2008. He had chemo and radio therapy, and was given the all clear in February of this year (2009). However in June he started getting a sore throat again and had problems swallowing. After nearly 5 months of scans and check-ups they finally discovered the mass that was causing the problems and, yes, it was another tumour...or more likely the same one grown back because it had never entirely gone. He had laser surgery a week or so later but they were unable to remove all of the diseased tissue. The next step was a partial Glossectomy and neck disection to remove the lymph nodes on the left side. Two days later (Wed 16th Dec 09) we were informed that the tumour is more aggressive than they had thought and was travelling along the nerves in his tongue and around the wall of his throat. They offered him two options; a total Glossectomy with Laryngectomy or pallative care until he dies an awful death in weeks/months. In my mind there is only one option...I cannot imagine a life without my Dad! I have been trying ever since to talk to someone who has had the same surgery. I would really like for someone to visit my Dad to give him advice and hope. The surgeon was quite positive that the surgery would work, cure the cancer and that Dad would be able to live a relatively normal life afterwards; however the speech therapist was the complete opposite, basically telling us that dad will be lucky to ever leave the hospital and if he does he'll have little or no quality of life. Is there anyone out there who can help??
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