Diet before treatment for oesophageal cancer

You should see a hospital dietitian soon after you have been diagnosed. They will give you advice to help you prepare for the treatment ahead.

Many people with oesophageal cancer have difficulty eating and you may be losing weight. While you’re waiting for treatment it’s important to eat as well as possible, using food supplements if needed. Increasing the amount of calories you have will help to slow down weight loss. This can also help you to cope better with the treatment.

If you’re finding swallowing difficult, you may have to change the consistency of your food. Small, soft, regular meals are better than two or three larger meals each day. If you’re not able to swallow anything, you should let the hospital know immediately.

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