I have completed my chemotherapy for esophageal cancer. Tumor was located at bottom of esophageal. Chemo was successful in that the tumor no longer appears in a CScan. However I had an endoscopy biopsy that shows cancer remains in the area. When I eat any solid food, I get hiccups and mucous starts flowing so much that I must quit eating. Mucous is clear but very stringy and collects in the throat. I can't even swallow water and my throat feels tight when this happens.
I need to gain weight but this prevents me from getting enough calories to do so. I am only successful at being on a liquid diet such as meats and veggies being blended with broth to a liquid consistancy. A liquid diet is very boring.
For several years my submandibular glands have been swollen and feel like grapes when massaged. Lately I have tried massaging them and the swelling does diminish but returns later. My oncologist says I do not have an infection and he couldn't explain why the glands are swollen. Can you suggest possible causes (and cure) of my excess mucous and/or if it might be related to my salivary glands? Thanks.