Some people with cancer may have a sore mouth, throat, or mouth sores, which may be caused by chemotherapy or radiation treatment to the head and neck area. A sore mouth or throat may make it difficult to chew and swallow enough food to maintain your weight, or drink adequate fluids. Keeping your mouth clean prevents infections, soothes, and improves healing of a sore mouth and throat.
What to Try:
Eat soft, creamy, lukewarm and cold foods that are soothing.
Blend and moisten foods that are dry or solid to add to soups, sauces, gravies, or casseroles.
For more information contact your Dietitian Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSD at 443-849-8186
Adapted from Eating Made Easy. Recipes and Tips for the Cancer Survivor. Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center at GBMC and Eldridge B, and Hamilton KK, Editors, Management of Nutrition Impact Symptoms in Cancer and Educational Handouts Chicago, Il: American Dietetic Association; 2004. Revised: 1/11/2008