Food for Thought Dysphagia Treatment in Pediatric Patients With Cancer: It Takes Collaboration Viewpoint
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Food for Thought
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  • Allison W. Jacobs-Levine
    Departments of Rehabilitation Services and Clinical Nutrition Services, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
  • Karen Ringwald-Smith
    Departments of Rehabilitation Services and Clinical Nutrition Services, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
  • Sarah Zoerink
    Departments of Rehabilitation Services and Clinical Nutrition Services, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Food for Thought
Viewpoint   |   June 01, 2006
Food for Thought
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2006, Vol. 15, 26-30. doi:10.1044/sasd15.2.26
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2006, Vol. 15, 26-30. doi:10.1044/sasd15.2.26
In St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, it is not uncommon to see children snacking on potato chips or drinking iced tea. Many parents may cringe at the thought of children consuming these unhealthy treats, but parents of St. Jude patients are happy to see their children eat anything at all. Healthy people often take the pleasure of eating and drinking for granted. But some children with cancer associate eating with pain, discomfort, and vomiting. Others experience a constant hunger pain as a side effect of taking steroids included in their cancer treatment, but they are unable to eat safely. The parents of such patients may feel increased pressure to feed their children at a time when nutrition is imperative to their survival.
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