Pick­Nick­Mix does the trick

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SUR­VIVORS of head and neck can­cer gath­ered at Al­fold Vil­lage Hall last Wed­nes­day for a pic­nic.

It was or­gan­ised by Sec­ond Chancers Head and Neck Can­cer Sup­port Group, a Guild­ford-based char­ity help­ing peo­ple deal with an in­abil­ity to swal­low fol­low­ing ra­dio­ther­apy, chemo­ther­apy and surgery.

So­cial com­mit­tee mem­ber Mary Bishop Pinn said: “Many pa­tients who have beaten can­cer are left with se­vere swal­low­ing dif­fi­cul­ties – tech­ni­cally known as dys­pha­gia. They are un­able to chew and swal­low foods most peo­ple take for granted.

“The aim of Pick­Nick­Mix was to share foods that pa­tients know they can swal­low with­out chok­ing or get­ting bits stuck in the throat.”

Mary, who lives in Al­fold, has suf­fered from dys­pha­gia af­ter can­cer treat­ment four years ago.

“It was a big shock when I re­alised I couldn’t eat a nor­mal meal. Food just wouldn’t go down and for a long time I sur­vived on a liq­uid protein diet. Join­ing Sec­ond Chancers gave me the courage to try out ‘soft foods’ and I can now en­joy the process of eat­ing again with­out the fear of painful chok­ing.”

Ap­petis­ing soft foods were brought along by can­cer pa­tients, and by Atos Med­i­cal, which pro­vides care for la­ryn­gec­tomy pa­tients.

Sec­ond Chancers is sup­ported by the Royal Sur­rey County Hos­pi­tal’s MacMil­lan After­care Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vice (MARS) and The Foun­tain Cen­tre. See www.sec­ond­chancers.co.uk, email [email protected]­ond­chancers.co.uk or call 077885234.

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