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Cancer Cookbook launched for Patients With Swallowing Difficulties

Posted on: 20 May 2016

Cancer Cookbook launched for Patients With Swallowing Difficulties

University College Cork and Breakthrough Cancer Research have launched a cookbook for cancer patients experiencing chewing or swallowing difficulties. The book, entitled ‘Eating Well with swallowing difficulties in cancer,’ will be available free of charge to cancer patients throughout Ireland.


Following the award-winning ‘Good Nutrition for Cancer Recovery’ cookbook, the same team of oncologists, dieticians and chefs based in University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), developed a 144 page cookbook with 60 recipes. Difficulties chewing and swallowing food affect many cancer patients suffering from cancer of the mouth, throat, neck, oesophagus, and stomach and eating frequently becomes an enormous challenge for these patients. Critically, weight loss during a cancer patient’s treatment can not only have a serious negative impact on their quality of life, but directly impacts on their tolerance to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.


The team behind the cookbook include Dr. Aoife Ryan, Ms Fiona Dwyer and Ms Ruth Elliot from UCC with input from Dr. Derek Power, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Cork and Mercy University Hospitals and Ms Anne O’Connor and Ms Jane Healy, lecturers in the Culinary Arts in CIT.


The recipes contained within the cookbook are simple, nourishing and enjoyable --­­­­ more importantly, all of the recipes are easy to chew, swallow and were created specifically for patients who are losing weight. 10,000 copies of the book are available free of charge to cancer patients through their hospitals, and copies of the book are also available by clicking here. We ask for a donation of €5 to cover post and packaging.