This can be a very survivable cancer, but a lot depends on the location and degree of disease. I had SCC T2N0M0 (stage 2, no lymph node involvement, no metastases) of the tongue nearly 13 years ago.
When I got my diagnosis, they told me that the tumor was "encapsulated." I thought that meant I'd go to the doctor's office, get the thing removed and go skipping tra la, getting on with my day. HA! Surgery wasn't as bad as I'd imagined, but still not a walk in the part--I'll spare you the details. The pathology report said that chemo and radiation were not warranted.
Have your doctors come up with an attack plan?
I hope it helps to know that you're not alone in this.