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Please share your best mouth cancer food recipes and tips here. Thank you!

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  1. November 6, 2009 3:40 pm

    1 1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter
    1 sm. onion, chopped
    1 c. pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin
    1 1/4 c. chicken broth
    1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    1 c. heavy cream
    Salt and freshly ground pepper
    In medium saucepan saute onion in butter until translucent, not brown. Add pumpkin, chicken broth, 2 cups water, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add cream. Gently heat bisque until hot. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    note: I think that the onion could be optional however finely chopped and cooked as in the directions they do not need chewing.

  2. November 6, 2009 4:02 pm

    When I had my wisdom teeth out and couldn’t chew for a week, I survived on mashed potatoes (instant, made with ham or vegetable stock instead of plain water) with Cheez Whiz stirred into it. It did the job nicely, and to this day I still occasionally get a hankering for that great taste and have to make it again.

  3. November 6, 2009 5:11 pm

    This is mostly something used for baby food but when my grandmother developed mouth cancer shortly before her death she started pureeing her favorite fruits: mango, strawberry, melon, and others and then freezing them in ice cube trays so that anytime she needed something sweet and easy she could go into the freezer and pop a few fruit cubes into the microwave for a fresh, warm fruity treat. She would also leave them frozen from time to time.

    This project is great, I hope it helps people who suffer from this terrible disease.

  4. Joe permalink
    November 6, 2009 11:18 pm

    Tofu is really soft so a mapo tofu dish is ideal if you like spicy Chinese food. I could offer a recipe but this blog does it better than anyone else:

    Another easy chinese recipe is tomato and eggs, which when done properly should be soft and very easy to swallow:

    4 eggs
    5 mid/large fresh tomatoes (nice and juicy) – chopped into 1/8s or smaller
    Chicken powder (Know brand Chinese chicken stock) – 1 teaspoon
    Sesame oil – 1/2 teaspoon
    White pepper – dash
    Shaoxing or rice wine – 2 teaspoons
    Oyster sauce – 1 teaspoon
    Water – 1/2 cup
    Ketchup – 1 teaspoon
    Cooking oil

    Gently beat the eggs with the sesame oil, white pepper, chicken powder and wine. Add a little oil to a wok and start to cook the eggs, breaking them into small pieces as they cook. When they are nearly ready, dish out and set aside. Wash the wok and start again with a little oil and the chopped tomatoes. Continue to cook until they begin to soften and the juices form a liquid soup; if there is not enough liquid add a little water. Not too much – the tomatoes should be paddling rather than swimming though. Add the ketchup and the oyster sauce, stir (gently) and add the egg. Cook for a little longer and serve.

  5. Jesse permalink
    November 7, 2009 9:50 am

    Let’s not forget the old college stand byes, yes?

    1 brick Ramen noodles
    1 can chicken broth
    1 pinch salt
    2 stalks scallions
    1 egg

    Pour chicken broth into pot with sat and bring to boil. While waiting, cut up scallions. After boil, add noodles and scallions to pot. Crack and add egg. Mix. Cook for four to seven minutes. Eat.

  6. coolio7 permalink
    November 18, 2009 4:05 pm

    Make some delicious chocolate frosting!

    Here’s my recipe!

    What you’ll need:

    6 ounces (6 squares) unsweetend chocolate

    1/2 cup unsalted butter

    4 cups confectioners’ sugar

    2 eggs

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    How to make it:

    In a small heavy saucepan over very low heat, melt the chocolate and butter together. Remove from heat and add 4 tablespoons water. Stir to blend well and let mixture cool slightly. Transfer to medium bowl and, using an electric mixer, beat in half of the confectioner’s sugar a little at a time. Add the eggs and beat well, then add the remaining confectioner’s sugar and the vanilla and beat until the frosting reaches spreading consistency, about 4 minutes. Makes enough to frost one 8-inch 2-layer cake.


  7. mummachunk permalink
    January 14, 2010 11:17 am

    I am a senior radiographer that specializes in head and neck cancer, i always have to update my knowledge. In order to look after my patients as best i can i like to look into things to make thier lives easier, more fulfilling, food being one of them.its nice to get recipies from people that have been there and know what you can and cant taste, or indure. Thankyou very much. Am happy to put a poster in our department in northampton if you will send one to me i would be more than happy to plug it.

    • January 14, 2010 11:20 am

      Thank you! That’s very kind of you and I appreciate your support. I can send some leaflets and a poster or two. I will email you directly for your address


  8. Valerie permalink
    July 28, 2010 1:41 pm

    I have had neck cancer and also have the very debilitating ilness “Sjorgrens Syndrome” which means I produce No saliva and cannot swallow foods unless pureed.
    I also get prescription vitamin drinks.
    So I am always interested in finding new recipes to aid my very boring diet of mash.
    I think this site is brilliant and will pass it on.

    • July 28, 2010 2:15 pm

      Thanks Valerie and best of luck to you! If you have any recipes please feel free to add them to this recipe section 🙂

  9. Roshan Patel permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:25 pm

    my brother in law suffers from mouth cancer. His mouth is completely shut now. He has inserted a peg in the stomach from which we pour liquid food. Please advise how often and the diet for him. thanks it would really help. I am from Mumbai, India

    • December 1, 2010 3:29 pm

      Hi Roshan, we are not medical professionals so can’t recommend a particular course of action. However, you may find some useful advice at the Mouth Cancer support forum:

      Good luck


  10. January 5, 2012 11:03 pm

    Great post. Keep me updated with your progress!

  11. Sarah sharpe permalink
    July 28, 2012 10:00 pm

    Hi my dad has just been diagnosed with tongue cancer, is your book only available through u

    • July 31, 2012 11:58 am

      Please send an email through the contact form and we’ll put you in touch with the distributors, thanks


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