Hi Christine -
My nutritionist told me 2000 to 2200 calories a day - or 6 cans of Jevity, which I've done for a couple of days. I have lost some weight, but I think now that I've 'crossed over' to the tube, I should be okay. I'm also supplementing the Jevity with some fruit juices and I'm thinking about adding some thinned down yogurt for the cultures, I think my digestion would like that. I'm sure that the calories can be adjusted if I keep losing. As far as hydration, I've been doing pretty well with that so far, and trying to have at least a few sips of water to keep my swallow muscles intact.
Stage IV SCC lt lateral tongue, surgery 5/19/08 (partial gloss/upper neck dissection left side/radial free flap reconstruction) IMRT w/weekly Cisplatin & Erbitux 6/30/08, PEG 1 6/12/08 - out 7/14 (in abdominal wall, not stomach), PEG 2 7/23/08 - out 11/20/08, Tx done 8/18/08
Second SCC tumor, Stage 1, rt mobile tongue, removed 10/18/2016, right neck dissection 12/9/2016
Third SCC tumor, diagnosed, 4/19/2108, rt submandibular mass, HPV-, IMRT w/ weekly Cisplatin, 5/9 - 6/25/2018, PEG 3 5/31/2018