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Soft Food Suggestions

Head & Neck Cancer | Last Active: Nov 10, 2022 | Replies (37)

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Since June my husband has had a tube. He still takes very little by mouth, as the latest round of radiation completely blew out what was left of salivary glands. He is still able to chew and swallow, but it has to be something that won’t stick to his teeth. We’ve found that foods which contain their own moisture are best. You really enjoys watermelon, peeled and deseeded cucumbers and peeled seedless grapes.His cancer is Squamous Cell Carcinoma – Spindle Cell. The radiation was directed at his neck, not his esophagus.

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That is a very interesting observation! I also can’t eat food that sticks to my teeth, but never put my finger on that reason. That’s really helpful! Have you been able to manage his feeding tube well? Does he miss eating by mouth at all? I know it is a hard transition.

Thank you for this @gaybinator. My dad is getting ready to undergo 6 weeks of radiation after having his parotid gland removed from metastatic squamous cell. I’m a RN so I’m, by nature, getting things prepared for treatment side effects. He has already noticed the dry mouth and the sticky feeling on his teeth just from the surgery so I know this is going to most likely progress with radiation. I am wondering if you have additional suggestions on foods that worked for your hubby that I might be able to incorporate as this progresses. I know that a sore throat is probably going to be a big issue as well. Thank you!