Mouth Sores During Cancer Treatment
Cancer treatments such as radiation therapy to
the head or neck, some chemotherapy agents and biological therapy can cause
mouth sores. These small ulcerations and sensitive areas on the lips, tongue or
gums can be painful and often lead to poor intake of food and beverages,
resulting in weight loss.
Suggestions to improve nutritional intake
while experiencing mouth sores:
Choose creamy-soft textures.
avocado, baked sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes made with non-fat powdered dry
milk, Greek yogurt, baby foods such as pears or prunes, cottage cheese, cream
soups, macaroni and cheese and spinach soufflé.
Cook food until soft and tender.
Avoid citrus fruit and juices, spicy foods, tomato products,
salty foods, raw vegetables, sharp or crunchy foods and alcoholic beverages.
Drink beverages with a straw, which can help push the drinks
beyond the painful areas of your mouth.
Eat cold or room-temperature food.
Ask your dietitian or doctor if a medical food supplement such
as Ensure®, Boost®, Carnation® Breakfast Essentials™ or Boost Glucose Control® is right for you.
Other tips for mouth sores: