You have had a major operation and feel that life can never be the same again. It can, with slight modifications, and it can be a very good life.
The objective now must be to learn to live with the changes in your system so that they affect your quality of life as little as possible.Download
Difficulty in swallowing may be experienced for a number of reasons; for example, a growth may be being treated by chemotherapy prior to surgery or after surgery if considered helpful; a stricture may need dilatation (stretching); a tube (stent) may have been inserted within the oesophagus (gullet) to make a passageway through an obstruction; or during radiotherapy or laser treatment the ability to swallow may be affected. Whatever the reason, some thought may be needed as to what can be eaten, the nature of the food and its consistency. A diet of soft food often becomes variations on a theme of soup, jelly and ice-cream which can be very boring. This booklet aims to show that it need not be.Download
Our objectives are to help new patients and their families to cope with any difficulties arising as a result of treatment, giving support and encouraging them to achieve a good quality of life. This is done by providing information leaflets on matters of concern, a telephone support line, arranging patient support meetings around the UK and, where possible, visiting patients in hospital or making contact during their convalescence.Download