September 8, 2014 | by Dominique Grignetti
Cancer treatment can take a toll on the mouth, even if a patient's cancer has nothing to do with the head or throat, leading to a dry mouth, or a very sore mouth, and making it difficult to swallow or eat.
Here's some advice from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on how to ease cancer-related discomfort of the mouth.
Chemotherapy and radiation to the upper body can damage the salivary glands, reducing the production of saliva and making it harder to talk, chew and swallow food. Some medications can also be cause dry mouth. Try these tips to alleviate dry mouth:
Cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation can especially affect the fast-growing cells of the lips and in the lining of the mouth. This can lead to tender gums and to little cuts or ulcers in the mouth. Dental problems or mouth infections can also cause soreness.
Remember that your mouth will feel better once treatment ends. In the meantime, here are some recommendations to soothe a sore mouth:
Avoid all of the following:
Here's a list of foods from the NCI that are easy to eat.
Here’s a soothing recipe to try if you're experiencing a sore mouth.
Fruit and Cream
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