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Liquid food replacement whilst recovering from cancer

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Joined: Jul 2011

My 84 year old father was diagnosed with bladder cancer last April. He had his bladder removed and his left kidney was found to be cancerous and was also removed. He has been told that there is still cancer 'floating about' but he is waiting to see the consultant to find out where it is and what treatment is advised. My main concern at the moment is that he seems unable to eat very little, he has no appetite which means he is not gaining weight which is the last thing he needs having lost weight in hospital when he was on a feeding line for a month. May I add that 4 days after his operation he had a cardiac arrest,and a collapsed lung, my poor father has been through so much. I was reading about Ensure Plus as a beneficial meal replacement for cancer patients but I was wondering if it is worth him trying these, given that he is still coughing up mucous? Many thanks.

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Joined: Apr 2009

Yes give him anything that he will eat as he needs to gain as much weight back as possible. Also let the doctor know about it as he might need to put the PEG tube back in until he can do better.

Wishing you the best and welcome to CSN.

Posts: 48
Joined: May 2011

I receive a case of this stuff every month, it is basically the same as insure. Cancer fund of America supplies it free. The web site is cfoa.org or phone 800-578-5284.It sure helps with the finances

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