Cancer treatment can make it hard to eat. Both chemotherapy and radiation treatment can cause mouth sores, dry mouth, or poor appetite. Some patients develop thrush, a fungus infection in their mouths and throats, that makes swallowing very painful.
Traditionally canned or powdered nutritional supplement drinks like Ensure® or Boost® have been used to provide support to patients who are having trouble eating during treatment.
As an alternative, soft whip ice cream machines were installed on oncology wards in a hospital in the United Kingdom. The machines served a premium ice cream which had comparable protein to the nutritional drinks. Read the rest of this entry »