The patient is receiving a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The surgery to remove the cancerous throat tissue was not entirely successful as the surgeon discovered that the cancer had metastasised to the lower pallet. The patient is male, in his early 60s, very athletic and fit, in excellent health with great cardiovascular capacity, etc.

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    I am happy to report that the patient who is an acquaintance of mine made a full recovery and is 100% healthy now. He was pretty much fully recovered less than a year after I posted this question.
    – Sympa
    Jul 12, 2020 at 3:50
  • This is great. My best wishes.
    – user17494
    Jul 13, 2020 at 9:03
  • Great ! If not too personal, can he still swallow? Jul 14, 2020 at 20:26
  • I have lost touch a bit with the patient. But, last time I saw him about a year ago he was perfectly fine. And, he can eat normally. He went through a lot. As part of the treatment he had to have all his teeth removed. Now, he wears dentures. They are so well made, you can't tell the difference.
    – Sympa
    Jul 23, 2020 at 17:57

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Roughly speaking, it appears that about 30-40% of patients in stage IV will survive for 5 years or more depending on where the cancer originated. This reference provides details.


There is a large difference in survival depending on whether the cancer was caused by HPV or ( probably) tobacco/alcohol. The HPV cancers have significantly higher survival rates. I am surprised the ACS information does not point out this difference. I was diagnosed with oral cancer about 9 years ago ( age 74), I had likely had it for a couple years before that, as initially 6 doctors missed the symptoms.Stage IV, chemo,radiation,surgery ( Oct '13) . MDAnderson quickly diagnosed HPV as the cause.


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