Jun 10, 2001 - 11:32 pm
My mom had squamous cell carcinoma that required a modified radical neck disection with removal of approx. 60 percent of her tongue followed by 30 treatments of radiation therapy which she completed 2 weeks ago. She lost some weight during her radiation but was able to maintain pretty well by drinking high calorie drinks such as "Sport Shakes" and milk. She had nausea and vomiting throughtout her treatment but it only got quite bad at the end of her treatment. It seems now that she is lactose intolerant because whenever she drinks milk or has anything dairy, she throws it back up within the hour. She has been feeling better now that she has stopped drinking milk and the sport shakes, but now she has started to lose weight very quickly since she is now not getting the high calorie drinks that she was using for most of her nutrition and her protein to help her heal. Alot of other stuff burns her tongue and throat although this seems to be just starting to get better as she has been able to eat a few more things these last few days. Does anyone have any ideas to help her get her calories in so she can stop losing weight so quickly? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!