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

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

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

A feeding tube was inserted through the nose straight to the stomach. Liquid food was 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 the chewed food into a bowl.

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

That way he got to masticate the meat with his teeth, stimulated the taste buds on his tongue, and mixed 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. Ab says:

    I once read a quote about how some people eat to live and some others live to eat. Your post made me think of this quote. Food is an experience to be savored and enjoyed with others and I can see how this is something sad. But way to go to the caregiver for helping this and other individuals!

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

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  3. equipsblog says:

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

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