“The lessons she learnt and the knowledge she can impart are a highly valuable resource for anyone embarking or recovering from head and neck cancer treatment.”Dr. Andrew Foreman B. Physio, BMBS (Hons) PhD, FRACS Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgeon ENTSA & Royal Adelaide Hospital
Who is Yvonne?
Yvonne’s cancer journey has been similar to many patients who develop a head and neck cancer.
The essential speech and swallowing functions can be affected by the tumour as well as the surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy that may be used to fight the disease.
These treatments are torrid and have long-lasting side-effects that patients grapple with on a daily basis. Many times, patients will use tube feeding to enable them to maintain their weight and nutritional intake during treatment and a key challenge after treatment is to re-establish normal oral feeding. Mouth opening, the swallowing mechanism, salivary function and taste sensation are all irreversibly altered by head and neck cancer treatment and these all impact returning to normal feeding.
Yvonne has had a long-standing passion for food and cooking, which has undoubtedly aided in her recovery. Yvonne recognizes both the physical and mental hurdles that presented after her treatment and her book aims to provide a pathway for getting over these obstacles. Her knowledge of food, adaptability and cooking techniques have assisted her to transition from tube-feeding to a more normal oral diet and the lessons she learnt and the knowledge she can impart are a highly valuable resource for anyone embarking or recovering from head and neck cancer treatment.