It caught me unawares did 'Docetaxel', I knew in my heart of hearts that side effects were waiting around the cancer corner, sickness, hair loss (a million times harder for ladies) , insomnia, weight gain (say Hi to Uncle Fester on Steroids) and the surprises kept coming more than clandestine 5pm Covid19 updates from the secret keepers castle in Westminster.
Let's cut to the chase. My teeth, after my fourth cycle (October 2018) started to crumble. Just two of them to be fair. Now, I cannot categorically say that the nuclear medicine was the catalyst/cause for this, BUT, I've always tried to look after them, NEVER SMOKED, never been a serious lover of sweet things, but I guess my age (I'm 59 now) and a combination of coffee down the years (hate it now since Chemo), the occasional red wine, and perhaps the occasional neglect in terms of consistent attention to the three times a day TLC for your mouth.
Just this week on the @ChemoCookery Twitter timeline, the subject of 'texture' has arisen as a result of one or two patients who are finding it exceedingly difficult to enjoy their food as a result of issues relating to their mouth. There is nothing like patients experience for us all to learn from, the ulcers, the salty taste, the debilitating dysphagia and the pain as you try to eat essential foods.
The advice, as always on Chemo Cookery, must come from the trusted professionals, the Oncology Specialist Nurses, Nutritionists and dieticians. It's fair to say that 'Oral Hygiene' plays a significant role in the cancer journey as a whole.
So now, thanks to the expert advice of Joss Harding, leading award winning dental hygienist, who is also the clinical ambassador for the 'Mouth Cancer Foundation', we can all learn.
Please click here to find out more and Joss's Twitter account is @JossHarding