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What Are Ways of Better Nutrition W/Carcinoma



My mother, aged 52, is suffering from squamous cell carcinoma of tongue. She had two sessions of chemotherapy and is presently undergoing tibetan treatment from her doctor. However, her tongue has swellon to such an extent that she finds it difficult to even drink something. Is there another way to give her food or a liquid diet. As she is not able to take even liquid properly. She is becoming very weak. Please suggest something for food(liquid) intake.


Thank you for visiting NetWellness. PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) tube placement to the stomach is a frequent way to feed the patients during and after the treatment of head and neck cancer patients until they get all the nutrients by mouth. Thanks.

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Enver  Ozer, MD Enver Ozer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University