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.