Oct 10, 2009 - 9:41 pm
I thought I would share the recipe I have used to keep my husband’s weight stable during chemo/radiation. He started at 160 lbs., lost 5 lbs. after the first two weeks of treatment, then ended treatment three days ago at 160 lbs. We were told he would lose lots of weight, so I am pleased to say that doesn't have to happen. Oh yes, he also has 3 liters of water by tube every day.
He has stage 4a base of tongue squamous cell carcinoma. He had 35 radiation treatments while simultaneously having chemo over 7 weeks time--1 dose of cisplatin (that caused him to lose some of his hearing), then 5 weekly treatments of carboplatin and taxol.
He had a PEG placed before he started treatment, and although he has been able to swallow water, pills, and Throat Coat tea, he has had little food for the last 5 weeks. (Today he had maybe a 1/4 cup of cream of wheat. I was delighted!!!)
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about specific ingredients. You can also visit his Caring Bridge blog at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kevindavidsmith
Recipe for the super-high calorie shake (Total calories 1310):
1 can high calorie liquid meal replacement (Nutren 1.5, could use Ensure)
Blend until very smooth, so it can pass through a feeding tube.
When husband was able to handle the taste of a shake by mouth, I would use this same recipe as above (minus the 3/4 cup half-and-half which was too rich for him to drink), but also add:
Total 1558 calories (plus the calories from the fresh/frozen fruit)
2 weeks after chemo/radiation is completely over, we will add anti-oxidents back into his diet, and the shake will additionally include: