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HI Art. I'd love to know which particular nutrients and /or supplements you have been using. I'm always happy to have more information to pass on to the patients I am working with. Are you undergoing chemo? I am asking as if so, we usually recommend our patients not take a great deal of nutritional supplements. Per our pharmacists, the research is unclear as to whether or not they interfere with chemo. Also, if one experiences side effects, it would be difficult to know whether or not the chemo or the supplements caused the side effects.
I'm assuming perhaps you are not having chemo at the moment?
I 'll be rooting for you and looking forward to hearing more about your experiences.
Swallowing difficulties are really common in the lung cancer patients I work with . Many have to go to a full liquid type diet and include some blenderized foods. Will he take mashed potatoes or cream soups( may need to strain out the vegetables,etc).
There are some tasteless high calorie supplements you can buy that can be added to various foods.
Benecalorie is one of them. Each serving has 330 calories. It is available on line through websites like walgreens.com, CVS.com and even Amazon.com. Will he drink any milkshakes with the whey protein in them? Has his sense of taste changed?
I've had some patients who produce such enormous amounts of phlegm , they carry cups and spit it out constantly( sorry for the gross details). It does definitely get in the way of their eating. You can try some hot drinks, like tea or something, as sometimes the hot temp breaks up or thins out the mucus some.
Let me know how you make out with the nutritionist. We are thinking of you and here to help if we can.
My name is kim but that is ok. He will drink milkshakes but not even a 1/4 of a glass and he won't let me put the unflavored in there, i don't have any of the flavored. I have not tried any hot drinks he seems to like real icey cold i will ask if he will try that and i will try to puree some foods to and see if he will try that. Thanks for your suggestions i will let you know how they go.
Perhaps a little off the beaten track, but we've had good luck here with lung cancer patients undergoing chemo having some relief from chemo induced neuropathy when they began to take GLUTAMINE. I sometimes give out a nutritional supplement called JUVEN. It is comprised of 2 amino acids, one of which is Glutamine. Although I gave it out to promote wound healing and /or rebuilding of lean body mass, patients began to tell me they felt their neuropathy improved some with the use of it. A small amount of research does show a positive correlation between glutamine and some improvement in chemo induced neuropathy.
Juven is made by Abbott and is available online or at some pharmacies.
Glutamine powder is generally available at health food stores, and the like.
Hope this may help someone.
Can glutamine be taken while one is receiving chemo treatments (cisplatin/etoposide)?