29 September 2021 (Wed)
11.00AM - 12.00PM (GMT +8)
Swallowing difficulties and texture-modified diet
Swallowing difficulty, also known as dysphagia is a common side effect caused by the treatment of head and neck cancers. Cancer treatment may cause alterations in taste and smell as well as pain when swallowing food. This diminishes the motivation to eat, leading to malnutrition and dehydration. Patients often replace their normal diet to a liquid-only diet, such as plain diluted porridge. While this often provides some relief, it often results in reduced nutrients intake, thus affecting optimal healing.
A texture-modified diet changes the consistency of food and fluids to make them safer and easier to swallow. In this session, a Speech Therapist will share about the symptoms of dysphagia, how she can help with the assessment, exercises, fluid/food modification, and a Dietitian will share on tips of food preparation to ensure sufficient nutrition for the various textures.
(Do note that the session will be conducted in English only)
Limited slots available!
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