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after head and neck cancer treatment, how long will it be before i can eat solid food again?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Depends type of surg: Depends on the type and extent of surgery, like thyroid, or parotid gland cancer will be eating by next day, on the other hand jaw, or tongue, or voice box is removed, takes wks to heal and swelling to subside and will able to eat solid foods.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
H&N treatment is: Tough! we advocate a peg tube to maintain nutrition, and encourage boost/ensure per os. Swallowing is impaired because of salivary secretions are less wet, the lining is inflamed, and the muscles can be toughened. Each person is different. Try swallowing easy foods like pudding and ice cream, jello. It takes 2 wks to one month to heal.

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