Oesophageal cancer: “… wanting a taste of food.”

Oesophageal cancer: “… wanting a taste of food.”

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Tasting food (Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com)


I read “The Taste Of Chocolate (Flash Fiction #35)” by Haoyando. It reminds me of a person with oesophageal cancer who suffer dysphagia and cannot swallow food.

A feeding tube is inserted through the nose straight to the stomach. Liquid food is fed several times a day.

Sometimes, the carer would feed him small spoonfuls of porridge with fish or minced meat. Slowly he would chew and roll the food inside his mouth with his tongue. Then he would spit this into a bowl.

The carer would strain this mushy and chewed food through a siever. This is mixed with the remaining liquid and fed through the naso- gastric tube.

This way he gets to masticate the meat with his teeth, stimulate the taste buds on his tongue, and mix the food with his oral salivary enzymes.

We must grateful for the ability to savour the little moments of joys satiating food!



Food is not just eating energy. It’s an experience. – Emoovio



  1. Yes, it would be terrible to be denied the simple pleasure of eating.

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  2. equipsblog says:

    That care provider goes above and beyond what would normally be available. What a very giving person.

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