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If You Have Trouble Swallowing

Some people who have had radiation therapy or chemotherapy may find it hard to eat because they have trouble swallowing. People who have had radiation to the head, neck,breast or chest or those who have had surgery involving the larynx may also have this problem.

If you have trouble swallowing:

  • Eat soft, bland foods moistened with sauces or gravies.Puddings, ice cream, soups, applesauce, and bananas and other soft fruits are nourishing and usually easy to swallow.
  • Use a blender to process solid foods.
  • Ask for advice from your health care team, including your doctor, nurse, nutritionist, and/or speech pathologist.
  • Tilt your head back or move it forward while you are eating.
  • Have a sip of water every few minutes to help you swallow and talk more easily. Carry a water bottle with you so you always have some handy.

Aetna Members: If you would like more information about breast cancer and breast cancer prevention, please call (888) 322-8742.

Miembros de Aetna: Si desean mayor información sobre el cáncer de seno y sobre su prevención por favor llame al (888) 322-8742.

Last updated April 2, 2010




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