How carers can help
A partner, friend or loved one may be able to help you cope with oral side effects. A carer could:
- use a torch to look for red or white patches or sores in the mouth
- do the grocery shopping and purchase soft foods or frozen foods that may be soothing to the mouth
- help prepare meals by mashing or puréeing foods in a blender and making gravies or sauces to moisten food
- provide pain medication 30 minutes before meals
- track fluid intake (number of glasses of water/fluid each day)
- keep drinking straws, chewing gum handy
- go to the chemist to purchase artificial saliva (or other products prescribed)
- attend appointments with the doctor or dietitian.
This information was developed in May 2016 and reviewed by: Professor Richard Logan, Oral Pathology and Deputy Head of School, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, SA, Dr Sharon Liberali, Director and Consultant, Special Needs Unit, Adelaide Dental Hospital, SA Dental Service, Megan Nutt, Head and Neck Cancer Specialist Nurse, Canberra Region Cancer Centre, Canberra Hospital, ACT, Katherine Garner, Radiation Oncology Dietitian, Northern NSW Cancer Institute, Robyn Burnett, Speech Pathologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Mary Mills, Head and Neck Cancer Survivor, Karen Hall, Clinical Nurse, Flinders Medical Centre and 13 11 20 nurse SA.
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