Forty to sixty percent of people undergoing chemotherapy experience mouth pain.
Speak with your medical team if you are experiencing pain on swallowing.
Watch our mouth pain video for tips on eating and drinking with mouth pain.
Key strategies to assist with mouth pain:
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Strategies to help manage mouth and throat pain
Use extra butter or margarine or avocado
Soften in soups
Soak the bread in egg and milk and cook/fry
Cover cereal with additional milk to soften
Soak cereal overnight in milk, juice or yoghurt in the fridge
Try slow cooked meat, flaky fish, or minced meat dishes e.g. Shepherd's pie
Add extra gravy or sauce
Try meat alternatives e.g. scrambled egg, baked beans, tofu, lentils
Try stewed fruit or ripe pear or banana
Add fruit to a smoothie made on preferred milk
Use a cream based sauce instead of tomato
Roast, mash or puree vegetables
Add a sauce for example cheese sauce
Add to soups or stews