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Jan 18, 2007 02:11 AM

Cancer Treatment Radiation = Mouth Sores = Poor Nutrition. Soft, delicious solutions?

A dear friend of mine is undergoing daily radiation for treatment of an oral cancer. She's one week into a six week treatment and has developed painful mouth sores. She is in her 80s and has family who will cook, is a lifelong CH and having a terrible time finding something to eat that is delicious, soft and protein-rich. She prefers savory to sweet flavors, but that could change. I've suggested oyster stew, savory custards, chicken liver pate, puree of peas w/mint, rice pudding, Thai butternut squash soup, shrimp-scallop-sole terrine and many other possibilities. She also needs extra calories as she's too thin, per her physician.

Anything acidic, crisp or that needs chewing is O-U-T for obvious reasons. Thank you, hounds. This is a very special lady, deserving of much kind attention.

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  1. how about a

    nice creamy polenta with a mushroom and marsala reduction

    lasagne with bechamel

    chicken and dumplings

    baked eggs with ham, cheese and truffle oil

    1. It may sound cliche, but if she has people who can cook for her, I'd recommend homemade chicken soup. Instead of the traditional noodles, they could use rice, or a small pasta like ditalini. Extra chicken, minced finely, could be added to increase the protein value.

      1. souffle

        basted, coddled, shirred eggs.

        polenta with delicious add-ins. would that be too gritty?


        scrambled eggs with cream cheese.

        all the best to your friend.

        1. The Autumn Soup with Bacon on epicurious is caloric and delicious, and makes a huge batch, and freezes well to boot.

          Saffron risotto with plenty of butter and parmesan cheese.

          Red lentil stew with onions, garlic, ginger, carrots, and curry powder/paste in coconut milk and chicken stock, then pureed, is super-protein-rich and delicious.

          Hummus is nice by itself. Split pea soup is good too. For the occasional sweet or breakfast item, smoothies with frozen fruit and silken tofu.

          1. There is a cookbook called (I believe) Cancer Survival Cookbook, and has recipes that address the needs based on the type and stage of treatments (e.g. pureed, soft, low fibre, low fat, etc). It also provides nutritional information. I am not at home at the moment, but will follow-up with the exact title, author and ISBN for you.