Mar 05, 2013 - 10:25 pm
This is my first post, though I've been reading this forum for a few weeks and have learned a ton from you all. My mom was diagnosed with Stage IV throat cancer in January. So far she has had 3 of 7 chemo treatments, and 5 out of 35 rad treatments. Her tumor is large, and her esophogus was already narrow to begin with. She was told yesterday by the radiation oncologist that she must keep swallowing so that she doesn't lose the ability. I had already read that on this board, so thank you for that. My question is, what kinds of food/drink did you find easier to swallow? She has a feeding tube for nutrition. She finds water too thin to swallow easily, and she has found carbonation doesn't work for her. Are thicker things like Ensure easier to swallow than water?
Also, she was given magic mouthwash yesterday. I've read here that it works, but I'm not sure what it does. Does it reduce the pain when swallowing? If so, do you typically take it before eating/drinking?
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the information you provide. This forum has already taught me so much.