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After cancer treatment

Finished treatment? Trying to find a new normal or perhaps feeling a bit lost and anxious - share experiences and practical tips with other members and the online team.

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Eating after treatment

Started by Anonymous on 11 July 2017 at 17:06

Hi my partner has throat cancer and just completed 6weeks daily radiotherapy and three chemo sessions . He is not eating he hardly manages drinks other than milk or water . Don't know what to do for the best I try to encourage him but just at my wits end maybe I am expecting too much from him. But hate seeing him lose so much weight he's down to 9 stone from 12 stone. Any advice is welcome Trish X

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    From CarolineH  
    14 July 2017 at 09:24

    Good morning Trish, I will be in touch with you through a personal message with some ideas that may help, but in the meantime I agree with Sue that you should make the specialist nurse aware of the problem.

    best wishes Caroline (online nutritional advisor)


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    From SusieQ  
    12 July 2017 at 09:36

    Hi Trish,

    It sounds as though your husband may still be struggling with some of the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy - and possibly isnt up to taking more solid food whilst the inflammation etc settles. He's likely to be experiencing a dry mouth, taste changes, some soreness/pain, and all these can suppress the appetite. I do know it takes abit longer to regain appetite and move from fluids to solids, whith radiotherapy and chemo combined.

    It's good to hear he is getting fluids down. To be honest, fluids/liquids are possibly all he feels like at present - they're easier to swallow, and soothing to the throat.

    It would be a good idea to contact the specialist nurse (his head/neck cancer nurse), or if he's just completed his treatment, the radiotherapy nurse/department to see what they suggest. This sounds early days in his recovery, but you could do with a plan to take you forward, and offer some reassurance.  He could possibly do with some nutrional supplement drinks, which your GP could prescribe.The hospital may suggest a referral to a dietician.

    The weight loss you describe does often happen during head and neck cancer treatments, (see 'weight loss after head and neck radiotherapy' from Cancer Research UK).

    My colleague, CarolineH, our nutritional advisor, may have some useful additional advice for you, so I'll ask her to get in touch...

    Warm wishes

    Sue


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