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This is Dr. David
yes, it is possible to eat again
if the radiation and chemotherapy shrink the esophageal cancer enough
to allow regular food to pass down the esophagus.
your mum was eating just soup before.
is she still having a hard time eating?
Hello Dr David. My mum is just starting her third week of radio/chemo therapy. She is managing to drink water, tea, and eat custard and soup again.
Before the treatment began she couldn't swallow anything at all
that is good her swallowing is getting better
that means her esophageal cancer is getting smaller
The reason I ask is because she has been having food through a bag fixed to her drip. The doctor told her today that she would NEVER eat a proper meal again and would be on this feed bag for the rest of her life!
that is a bit pessimistic
I have been on the MacMillan Community site and have never come across this before
if she is eating better, that is a good sign things are improving.
She is just a little confused now as she has been told she will be on this drip food for the rest of her life, that can't be right can it?
its 20 hours a day!
hopefully that is not the case.
The nurse came round and when I asked her she said they are just telling her textbook
and that she could try whatever she wanted
that is good she is improving her diet
and is eating more
hopefully that continues.
I know but what I am asking is whether it is OK for her to start trying to eat normal food again and have you ever heard of anyone being on the feed bag for life?
TPN for life is only if the esophageal cancer is not responding to the radiation and chemotherapy.
some esophageal cancers can be resistant to radiation and chemotherapy.
some are not.
this can not be predicted.
only time can tell
but it sounds like she is eating more.
and she can slowly advance her diet and try new foods each week.
Thank you so much Dr David
like scrabbled eggs, pudding, soups, jello, yogurt, smoothies,
you are welcome
best of luck to you and her.
thats exactly what they say on the Macmillan site
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I wish you and her well.
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