Recipes for feeding tube

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Recipes for feeding tube

by auntlinda on Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:04 AM

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My nephew is supposed to start chemo this week for stage 4 throat cancer. I'm hoping to get help from Vitamix with a blender and I need some suggestions for cancer fighting foods to blend up for his feeding tube

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by Georgenone on Wed Jul 06, 2016 09:29 PM

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Using water milk or liquid of choice as a thinner, you can blend up and use nearly any food source on the planet. However you must be careful not to try using anything too thick. As a general reference point; if the finised product is thicker than tomato juice you risk plugging up the feeding tube. You also need to be mindful that whatever you blend up is mostly liquid.

Example; a one ounce cube of meat in 8 to 12 ounces of water is how much actual food?

It is highly recommended you stick to Jevity 2.0 or Neutrin 2.0 until you figure out how much actual nutrition you can get through the feeding tube. The doctor should provide you with a choice of products.

Good luck

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by auntlinda on Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:13 AM

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Thank you

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by Loves2Fly on Thu Jul 07, 2016 02:38 AM

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As Georgenone said, you must be very careful what you put through the tube so that you don't plug the tube. Nuts and seeds in particular, while high in protien, can easily not be ground fine enough and cause obstruction. I cannot stress enough how important it is not to plug the tube. This may be his only source of nutrition or hydration (or meds!) for a time, and having it plug can be extremely stressful. In addition, replacing the tube, while rather simple, can also often entail an ER visit (and exposure to all sorts of things with compromised immune system) and possibly even having to go back in the OR to have replacement done - as well as being very expensive. My husband had to have his tube replaced in the ER and 3 days later replaced in the OR because they replaced with a Foley instead of the right kind of tube.

Your nephew should probably have a dietitian assigned to his case, that can help with making sure he has the correct balance of nutrition and calories, as well as hydration.They are also available to answer questions and give very helpful advice. If he does not have one assigned, ask for one.

Products like Jevity and TwoCal are made just for this kind of nutrition, especially during treatment, when there are many factors at stake. Insurance often covers them as well. Be sure you/he flush the tube well before and after taking nutrition.

A good book to help with understanding tube feeding is:

"Complete Tubefeeding" by Eric Aadhaar O'Gorman

It contains some good recipes for Blended Diet. It also will help to understand some of the issues of tube feeding and living with a tube.

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