Reply to "Post-surgey cancer of the tongue. Will I ever be able to eat?"

I still struggle a fair bit with eating from time to time just over 15 years post-treatment) and had very similar surgery from what I've read. Unfortunately it's such an individual thing. It's hard work - I'll be honest, I avoid eating out now, and if I do it's only after careful vetting of the menu to make sure I can eat something!  You don't mention radiotherapy - I had this and, tbh I think this has caused me the most problems. I can't tolerate anything even vaguely spicy hot, and couldn't persevere with the dentures they made for me so 1 by 1 I've lost more teeth (though I'm back on Wed for another go!) - implants aren't a possibility because of the chance of osteoradionecrosis.  I definitely know my eating is getting worse, but it's likely because I've taken the easy route and stopped challenging myself. Hope your dad gets some great input from a local SaLT in your area. I've had 2 (in Scotland) who were both superb, but at the end of the day, a lot of it is down to perseverance, trial and error and determination. Good luck to you all - and thank you for the work you do! Xx

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