Mark, firstly, thank you for your response. Your surgery sounds more comprehensive than what is being currently suggested for my husband. His cancer is soft palette but told "serious surgery" required ??? We do not know how much tissue needs or WILL be removed for the surgeon to come out tops and have stopped this demon in its tracks. The surgeon will no doubt take more than required to stop the progression but will this lead to no quality of life ? Cancer free but also void of mental and physical ability to live ??? Would you go through these last few years in hindsight ? Would you be still alive without intervention ? What are your regrets and what questions would you ask if that crystal ball could tell you the future and the truth of what you have been through ? We are searching here for answers and the experience and knowledge of patients that are living with their procedures and how that has affected their life, not what the doctors think will be best. (They do not have to look in the mirror everyday whilst they enjoy their steak, their patients live with the reality). Being alive is worth everything unless it has so many repersusions that daily living is a nightmare ??? Not in your case but this is our major fear. Thank you again.