Problems swallowing, also called dysphagia, can make eating an uncomfortable process. During meals, you may experience gagging, choking, coughing, spitting, or pain when trying to swallow. The sensation that food is stuck in your throat, upper chest, or behind the breastbone can cause feelings of chest pain, heaviness, or pressure.
The following breast cancer treatments can affect your ability to swallow:
certain bisphosphonates: Zometa (chemical name: zoledronic acid), Aredia (chemical name: pamidronate disodium) and Bonefos (chemical name: clodronate) are bone-strengthening medicines used to treat breast cancer that has spread to the bone.
Some pain medications also can cause swallowing problems.
Managing swallowing problems
Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly to make it as soft and manageable as possible.
Try thicker liquids such as milkshakes, yogurt, pudding, and gelatin. Thicker liquids may be easier to swallow.
Eat pureed food such as blende...
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This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing
illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis). Decongestants help relieve stuffy
nose, sinus, and ear congestion symptoms. Acetaminophen (APAP) is a non-aspirin
pain reliever and fever reducer. Antihistamines help relieve watery eyes, itchy
eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing.
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Difficulty swallowing, also called dysphagia, can occur in cancer patients for many reasons, particularly in those receiving chemotherapy and radiation for head and neck cancer. Conditions or treatments that damage the muscles and nerves that control swallowing can lead to dysphagia, and this damage occasionally leads to an increased risk of aspirating food, drink, or stomach acid into the airway and lungs. If you've been treated for cancer, especially for head and neck cancer, it's important to identify when you're having trouble swallowing and speak to your doctor about how to manage this problem. Even if you're not noticing the problems, your doctor may want to evaluate your swallow to see if you're aspirating silently and at risk from related complications. This blog is the first of two articles dedicated to the topic of recognizing and treating dysphagia and aspiration.
The process of swallowing is complex and requires the coordination of many muscles and nerves con...
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