I’m getting ready for transplant. I’ve been told that during melphalan, I need to chomp on ice for 30 minutes. Do I really have to?
! Melphalan can cause severe sores from your mouth down your esophagus. By chomping on ice, you have a great chance of avoiding those sores. It doesn’t sound fun but 30 minutes of ice can help you avoid weeks of debilitating discomfort. Get crushed ice and pack your cheeks full of it. Chomp on it. Do not drink anything warm. Cold ice only. If you need help with the ice, try popsicles or frozen juice. Whatever you do, stay focused. You can do it. Ice is good. Ice is your friend.