If a head and neck cancer patient going through radiation treatments cannot swallow, what happens next?

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AnuragSinghMD (Physician (Verified) ) - 01 / 25 / 2015

If a patient is unable to swallow (and pain medicines don't help) then additional measures include feeding by a tube placed in the stomach through the abdominal wall or a tube placed in the stomach through the nose. Rarely, feedings are done through an IV.
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