Head and neck cancer includes all tumours affecting the face area and the neck. There are different types of head and neck cancers, which, depending on the exact location of the tumour and the treatment received, will have different side effects. The main recommendation during treatment is to eat, which is essential to maintain energy and better tolerate the medication. In general, eating sufficiently is not usually a problem, but it can be a challenge during treatment for head and neck cancer.
Affected individuals, due to the location of the tumour or the treatment received, may suffer difficulties with chewing or swallowing. This can lead to complications in ingesting food. Head and neck cancer is one of the tumours which causes the highest frequency of malnutrition. In case of inability to eat or significant weight loss, seek nutritional support from your oncologist.
In addition to following the “General recommendations on nutrition during cancer treatment”, in head and neck cancer, the following guidelines should also be followed: