(Information extracted from Julie C. (2009). Eating well: A practical guide for people living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. Lilian D, (Ed.). Australia: Leukaemia Foundation.)
Some cancer treatments affect the production of saliva, which can cause a dry mouth.
- Increase the amount of fluids you drink each day
- Avoid dry food – you may need to add extra sauce or gravy to moisten dishes
- Rinse your mouth with water or a recommended solution after food or as necessary to help stimulate saliva production
To help stimulate saliva production:
- Rinse your mouth with cold water regularly
- Suck hard sugar free lollies (or soft jellies if your mouth is sore), or chew gum