My name is Ananth and as it suggests I am an Indian too by birth and do live in India. Though I did not have tongue cancer - I went through a pretty torrid time with cancer of the larynx which was diagnosed as stage 4 (the last stage)and the side effects have been - though the cancer is not there, I have not been able to eat or drink orally for the last eight years. You may read my story on the main page of the site - Its labled as - Ananth's Story. Once you have been through it and feel I can be of any help to you, I would be more then happy to guide you to the doctors and others who have been through the same ordeal and have been very positive about life and are coping very well.
I have appeared a number of times on NDTV and Star and my story has been published in the Today newspaper, the Metro (on cancer day) and a number of magazines in Europe. I am only mentioning this with the hope that I can cheer your friend up to the best of my ability.
Take care and warm regards to both you and your friend,