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#120194 - 08/11/10 01:29 AM Got milk?
susand Offline
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Registered: 07/02/10
Posts: 60
Loc: Maryland
I just started my 4th week of radiation treatment today, and had my 4th chemo/cisplatin. While I don't have any taste yet, I was pleased to discover that milk is very soothing to my throat. While at chemo I was able to down 3 cartons of milk for 480 calories; plan to chase my food with milk rather than water/want (for the first time in my life!) those extra calories!

Anyone have any other tips for staying on top of this game?
Susan/59/nonsmoker /tonsil cancer spread to tongue,stage III diagnosed 6/10, HPV+ T3,N1 Finished 35 radiation and 7 cisplatin 9/7/10.

#120202 - 08/11/10 06:06 AM Re: Got milk? [Re: susand]
Elianne Offline
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Registered: 03/13/10
Posts: 126
Loc: Canada
Susan, if you're looking for extra calories, try adding some liquid supplements, protein powder and ice cream to that milk and put it in a blender. Generally, you can get around 750 calories per drink with this combination (maybe more if you're not pre-diabetic or diabetic). If you find you're not able to eat as much food as you'd like later on, this kind of blender drink will keep you going and you'd probably need 4 of them a day. I used 1 1/2 bottles of Boost, 3 TB whey protein powder, 1 cup of fortified milk (4 parts whole milk to 1 part skim milk powder) and 2 scoops of ice-cream. Anne
Anne - CG to Gordon (59), non-smoker/non-drinker. SCC, BOT, HPV 16+, stage 3. Jan./10 - radical neck dissection to remove 48 lymph nodes, 1 node pos. Apr. 23/10 - finished 35 rad. and 3 cisplatin. Jul. 22/10 - PET scan clear.

#120211 - 08/11/10 01:04 PM Re: Got milk? [Re: Elianne]
davidcpa Offline
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Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 09/28/06
Posts: 8311
Loc: Gulfport, Florida
Instead of just whole milk mix 8ozs of milk with a 8oz can of Carnation Instant Breakfast VHC for 710 nutritionally balanced cals.

Age 58 at Dx, HPV16+ SCC, Stage IV BOT+2 nodes, non smoker, casual drinker, exercise nut, Cisplatin x 3 & concurrent IMRT x 35,(70 Gy), no surgery, no Peg, Tx at Moffitt over Aug 06. Jun 07, back to riding my bike 100 miles a wk. Now doing 12 Spin classes and 60 outdoor miles per wk. Nov 13 completed Hilly Century ride for Cancer, 104 miles, 1st Place in my age group. Apr 2014 & 15, Spun for 9 straight hrs to raise $$ for YMCA's Livestrong Program. Certified Spin Instructor Jun 2014.

#148972 - 05/02/12 01:44 PM Re: Got milk? [Re: ]
Charm2017 Offline
Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 03/03/08
Posts: 3082
Loc: Alexandria VA

Thank you for finally letting me do my Chevy Chase impression:
That's "Got Milk", the clever marketing slogan since 1993, not Goat milk". I see from your profile you are a student bodybuilder (not a cancer patient or caregiver ?), so you are probably too young to get this reference to your Emily Litella moment. Sadly, more and more OCF members are young like you, so i put some background below.

To refresh the recollection of the OCF members to young to recall the late 70s Saturday Night Live skits with Gilda Radnor's character Emily Litella. : Litella became increasingly agitated as her statement progressed. Midway in her commentary, it became apparent that she had misheard and/or misunderstood the subject of the editorial to which she was responding. A typical example:
What is all this fuss I hear about the Supreme Court decision on a "deaf" penalty? It's terrible! Deaf people have enough problems as it is!
The news anchor interrupted Litella to point out her error, along the lines, "That's death, Ms. Litella, not deaf ... death." Litella would wrinkle her nose, say something like, "Oh, that's very different...." then meekly turn to the camera and say, "Never mind."


65 yr Old Frack
Stage IV BOT T3N2M0 HPV 16+
2007:72GY IMRT(40) 8 ERBITUX No PEG
2008:CANCER BACK Salvage Surgery
25GY-CyberKnife(5) 3 Carboplatin
Apaghia /G button
2012: CANCER BACK -left tonsilar fossa
40GY-CyberKnife(5) 3 Carboplatin

Passed away 4-29-13


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