One of the things I found out is that it’s not very easy to eat when you have tongue cancer. At the time I didn’t know it was cancer; all I knew is that I couldn’t chew or swallow very well ‘cause it hurt so much. So I didn’t eat. That caused me to lose 40 pounds over a one month period.
After my diagnosis and the start of the radiation treatment the docs sent me to a dietician. I had been in a Diabetes study for years so I thought I knew what dieticians were all about. However, this dietician was different. Her job was to show me how to eat with my cancerous tongue. Her job was also to keep me from losing any more weigh; 40 pounds was enough!. I was put on and am still on, a high calorie high protein diet. I was to make sure I ate at least three meals a day with a few snacks in between.
All this became even more important as I progressed through my radiation treatments. My mouth became dry and drier the more radiation I had. My ability to make saliva “dried up” hence the reason to learn to eat a different kind of food: mush.