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Nutritional Management of Chewing and Swallowing Difficulties

Cancer treatments target fast growing cancer cells in your body. Healthy cells that are fast growing can also be damaged. Examples of fast growing cells include cells in the mouth, digestive tract, and hair. These may be affected by cancer treatment. Eating well from the beginning of cancer therapy has been found to prevent mouth problems.

Stomatitis, or mucositis, is the presence of sores in the mouth caused by some anticancer drugs. In addition to being painful, mouth sores can become infected by the many germs that live in the mouth. They can make it difficult to swallow and chew as well. If you develop sores in your mouth, tell your physician or nurse. You may need medication if the sores become painful or prevent you from eating.

The following suggestions may help if you have mouth problems:

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