Thursday, April 26, 2012
How to Eat Well With Head and Neck Cancer
Altering the consistency of your food and carefully selecting food items can make a big difference in your ability to eat and aid in making sure your body receives adequate calories, protein and other nutrients.
It is important to maintain good nutrition during this period to aid recovery and healing as well as prevent complications that may impact treatment.
Excessive weight loss during treatment and recovery may result in frequent hospitalizations and poor outcomes. For this reason, it’s important to choose foods that require little to no chewing and that don’t cause choking. The food may not look as appealing as you are used to, but with the right seasonings, it still can be very flavorful. In addition, sprinkling dried herbs such as parsley can enhance the eye appeal and taste.
Dietitians work closely with speech and swallowing therapists to determine patients’ nutritional needs and appropriate food and liquid consistencies. Those with head and neck cancer should seek support from a registered dietitian to make they are receiving the proper nutritional needs during treatment.
Learn more about nutrition programs at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center, or how to meet with a registered dietitian at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. Learn about nutrition services offered at the Abramson Cancer Center.
Watch videos to learn more about head and neck cancer treatment options offered at the Abramson Cancer Center.
Watch for upcoming recipes on this blog that are modified for smooth creamy textures.
Joan Karnell Cancer Center. Debra has worked at Pennsylvania Hospital since 1988 with the last 12 years specializing in oncology. Debra guides individuals receiving chemotherapy and radiation as well as addressing survivorship issues including the use of integrative therapies.
She conducts cooking programs and group counseling sessions for cancer survivors.