Inability to eat causing drastic weightloss

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My dad has been diagnosed with OC and has had radio/chemo therapy. His throat is so sore he can barely swallow, he finds the encare shakes too sickly and sweet they make him feel nauseous it takes him the whole day to get through one. Also really suffering from constipation he's lucky if he goes once a week. Has anyone got advice on how to cope with above please! Many thanks 

  • Hi  and a very warm welcome to the online community which I hope you'll find is both an informative and supportive place to be.

    I'm sorry to read what you and your dad are going through at the moment and it sounds very difficult.

    I'm not a member of this group but I noticed that your post hadn't had any replies yet. Responding to you will 'bump' it back to the top of the discussion list again.

    While you're waiting for replies, it would be great if you could put something about your dad's diagnosis and treatment into your profile as it really helps others when replying to you and also when looking for someone on a similar pathway. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.

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  • Hi

    I also had chemotherapy and radiotherapy but didn't suffer as badly as your dad is. I'd already had a stomach feeding tube fitted as the tumour completely blocked my oesophagus and I couldn't swallow anything, so I was able to take the Fortisip drinks that way. Fortisip have a neutral flavour which is a lot less sickly, I don't know if Ensure have a similar one. I struggled with the flavoured Fortisip drinks, they really upset my digestive system. I had a dietician, a Macmillan nurse and a specialist nurse who I rang about such things. Between them they suggested neutral flavour Fortisip and that helped. Eventually I was able to alternate with the flavoured ones (except banana, I really didn't get on with that flavour at all). I suggest you contact your dad's nurse and ask for help. 

    Take care

  • Hi Latchbrook, your so lovley for giving me advise on how to navigate the forum, I truly do appreciate your kindness and I wish you all the very best. Take care, sharon

  • Ah, that's lovely. Thank you very much and all the best to you.


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  • Hi crochet therapy, thank you for sharing your invaluable experience on how to get on top of doing battle with nourishment, my dad was offered the stomach tube but he rejected it and now it can't be put in because of the risk of infection. I'll ask my dad if he has a Macmillan nurse as unfortunately the specialist one doesn't seem very helpful. Thank you for making me more aware, this will help empower me to help empower my dad. Good luck with your recovery, all the very best, Sharon

  • Hi Shazz66, 

    Thanks for reaching out to the forum, I am sorry to read of your Dad's diagnosis, and the difficulty he is having now with eating. 

    Are you able to give a little more information on the type of OC your Dad has, whether he is allowed to eat and drink things that are cold, similar to ice cream or cold milk, and any dietary requirements, that he adheres too?

    The following LINK will also provide some information that may be useful. 

    I read your overview also, and as I don't know your Dad's age, it is hard to see this from his point of view, sometimes age will have an impact on acceptance, denial, determination, and if your Dad is just assuming the worse, I can only imagine that this must be really difficult for him, and for you as a family. 

    I hope you get some interesting stories to relay to Dad, to offer him some positivity and encouragement.


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