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:
- Tell your treating team if your mouth is sore.
- Take your pain relief as prescribed by your treating team.
- Try regular alcohol-free mouth wash.
- Avoid foods or fluids that make your mouth sting e.g. orange juice, pineapple.
- Avoid hard, crunchy and rough foods that can irritate your mouth.
- Modify the texture of your meal to be softer (see below).
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Strategies to help manage mouth and throat pain
|Food Group ||Tips to make meal softer |
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
|Meats, chicken, fish |
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
|Biscuits ||Soften in warms drinks e.g. tea, hot chocolate |
|Acidic foods e.g. oranges, pineapple, strawberries, tomato |
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 e.g. cheese sauce
Add to soups or stews