Drinking Tea

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I'm supporting my friend who is undergoing Chemotherapy for breast cancer. Lots of symptoms and the mouth ones particularly not settling. Loads of meds from the doctor but wondering if anyone has had any success with particular types of tea to sip on. Currently trying pineapple juice and rings.  Ice lollies are going down well so any good recipes or things to try is greatly appreciated 


  • Hello Nat R

    I am sorry to hear that your friend is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. I had my chemotherapy for Endometrial Cancer last year. I also had problems with eating and drinking due to a sore mouth and change in taste. I was given a mouthwash from my oncologist that did help a bit.

    I normally drink a fair amount of tea and found that it did not taste the same. Really hot drinks made my mouth more sore so I tended to leave them until they were luke warm. I probably went down to 1-2 cups a day. I drank a lot of water- still and sparkling. I would let the sparkling water sit for a while until most of the fizz went and I would squeeze a bit of fresh lemon in it. I found the sharpness more palatable. I made smoothies using tinned pears and peaches and sipped on them. It was a way of getting some fruit without it being to harsh on my mouth. 

    For teas I tried ginger and peppermint and although they were not as good as my normal cuppa they were ok. I also (under doctor advice) tried Complan drinks as I found milky drinks worked for me. 

    Weak lemon barley and orange barley squash was ok too. I also found having a bottle next to me and taking sips throughout the day was better than big drinks all in one go. Using a straw also helped sometimes.

    Hope this helps a bit. If there is anything else you need to know to help support your friend please do ask.



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  • Jane,

    Thanks so much for the tips. Loads to try and see how we get on. I really appreciate you taking the time to reply and the advice you've given. I hope your keeping well after treatment. 

    Thanks again and please take great care


  •  When I was in a similar situation, ginger and chamomile tea helped. Ginger's good for nausea, while chamomile's gentle on the tummy. Also, honey-lemon tea's soothing. But it's really about finding what suits her taste buds and comfort. And those ice lollies sound like an excellent idea! You can also find more ideas on the correct type of tea here https://professionalteataster.com. I hope you find it helpful!