My father in law had this and major surgery interfered with his eating. Basically he used loads of margarine, cheese sauce and gravy. My mother in law bought cases of liquid supplement for him to drink in between meals. You could try weight gaining powder from the nutrition stores and make shakes with it. He found it helpful to eat in his recliner, so he could tip back and sometimes he preferred to eat by himself so that he could concentrate and not feel self conscious about coughing, etc. My mother in law stayed close by, of course. 10 years later, he's doing well and surpassed all of the doctors' prognoses. He enjoys meal times and goes out to restaurants!
Stay strong and God bless!
Dear Jill, this must be a very scary experience for both of you. Have you tried baby food? It's actually very tasty and nutritional. If you heat it up, add butter, salt, pepper or whatever, it tastes even better. If nausea is a problem, ask his doctor for an antiemetic to take 30 min before eating. Also, I would utilize the Oncology Dietitian that I'm sure his Oncologist has on staff. The Dietitian would be the absolute best resource for all of his dietary needs. God Bless, Joni (08/30/2004)
My husband has lung cancer and he had a very bad stomach burning and his throat. The doctor gave him some numbing gargling medicine and gave him the full nutrition cans of boost supplement. Ask for them they should have them. My husband lost almost 50 pounds. As soon as the treatments were over within three to four weeks he was able to eat better and gained back his 10 pounds. Check with his doctor! That is what they are there for!
Daisywoods1 Jane: (08/30/2004)
I would try and give him lots of ice cream, whipped cream, puddings, etc. Hopefully he will be able to take advantage of being able to eat like this for while. Good luck and God Bless. (08/30/2004)
Have you tried the Elvis special? Try whole wheat or multi-grain bread with peanut butter and banana slices. It's delicious and the fat and potassium will both help him gain weight and support bone density. On a side note, as someone who has cancer, let me just say to your beloved may the Powers that be bless him and keep him whole for you to love. (08/30/2004)
By Suzanne S.
He needs as much protein as he can get right now -- Add protein powder to whatever he can eat such as beverages, pudding, peanut butter, smoothies, gravy, etc. Juice bars such as Jamba Juice have very good smoothies that you can order with protein powder. The cold beverages might make his throat feel better. Protein powder could be added to chocolate syrup or hot fudge to put on ice cream also. Lots of butter and cream.
Drink plenty of fluids that supply calories like juice, milk, milkshakes, and sports beverages, and try adding protein powder to those. Soft textures like rice pudding, mashed potatoes, mashed vegetables with lots of butter. Whole milk yogurt, sour cream, sauces and dressings. Avocado, peanut butter and olives are good sources of fats. Baby food meats, as someone else suggested. Hope he does well and regains his strength soon! (08/30/2004)
By Alice - Also of Minneapolis
I'm sorry to say protein powders do not increase usable protein in the body. If you take use it, it will show up in the bloodstream much as a synthetic mineral does, meaning it's flowing through but not building tissue which is what protein does. The rest is being peed out. Protein must be eaten "live" as it is a combination of various amino acids which are destroyed when processed and unusable when synthesized into powders.
The quickest way to gain weight is to take in more calories than are being used. However, for people who are underweight and not gaining well, a reasonable exercise program will stimulate the appetite. Then eating high calorie foods that are also healthy (stay away from peanut butter and oils that are room temperature - use freshly ground and refrigerated nut butters, olive oil, and refrigerated whole grain breads - as rancid fats are also cancer-causing) will satisfy the higher need for calories and nourish the body as well.
Padma (former USDA nutrition program manager and herbalist) (08/31/2004)
Try mixing together Carnation Instant Breakfast, milk, ice cream and a tbs of vegetable oil in a blender to make a high calorie shake. Also does he drink ensure? They have different kinds/flavors out now. (08/27/2005)
Any one trying to gain weight is hard work but I came across a shake called SCANDI. It has up 600 Calories with whole milk and I read if you take before going to bed that the next day you might have gained around 5 pounds. There are several types of Scandi Shake but the best one is probably Instant Shake Mix, Sweetened with Aspartame even though Aspartame is one of those sweeteners that is well over 100 times sweeter then sugar. (01/14/2007)
OK, guys (and gals):
My husband has throat cancer and this is what is working for us:
16 oz of half 'n' half (630 cal.) (14 grams protein)
2 scoops BioChem Unflavored Whey Protein (180 cal.) (40 grams protein)
1 Scand-Shake (440 cal.) (5 gr protein)
TOTAL CALORIES: 1250
TOTAL GRAMS OF PROTEIN: 59
We use Vanilla flavor ScandShake. To change the flavor you can add any of the following (which also adds significant calories:
- Fudge Ice Cream Topping,
- Caramel Ice Cream Topping,
- Butterscotch Ice Cream Topping,
- 1 cup strawberries,
By Christy D.
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