Experiences with Experiences with Taste Change/Loss

Taste change, loss of taste, or metallic taste in the mouth is a common side effect of chemotherapy; this side effect can make it hard to find things you enjoy eating and therefore cause loss of appetite and weight changes. WhatNexters say eating foods with a stronger taste like really sour, really sweet, really salty, or even very spicy has helped them cope with the change in taste. Some WhatNexters experimented with different foods and found that they were not able to eat foods that were "familiar" to them.

Some other suggestions provided by WhatNexters include sucking on sour candy to cover the bad taste, avoiding eating one to two hours before and up to three hours after chemotherapy to prevent food aversions caused by nausea and vomiting, avoiding favorite foods while going through chemo to prevent aversions to those foods in the future, eating foods that smell good since sense of smell is often heightened.

Below are some experiences shared by WhatNexters in their journey through cancer. Ask questions, share experiences, and get firsthand insights here.

    • JP316
    • Experience with Small-Cell Carcinoma, Bl...
    4 months ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Patient says foods don’t taste good.

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    • Berton
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Orophar...
    over 1 year ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Everything tastes bad, including water, losing weight due to can't stand the taste of food. I have a feeding tube in and get a bad...

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  1. over 1 year ago
    Gwenpeppers50's Avatar

    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    The worst ever people would tell me you have to eat. Until you have had chemo you can't even begin to understand this taste. I ha...

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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Lost taste completely but it returned quickly after I finished chemo.

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    • PennyS
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast Cancer
    almost 2 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Metallic taste in everything

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  2. about 2 years ago
    dianeKaspari's Avatar

    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    This is not about me, as I am the wife/caregiver. My husband's side effects include most listed. However, I am only able to list o...

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    • SoniaM
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) C...
    about 2 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Learning to enjoy food for its texture more than flavor. Spicy or intense flavors are now my "friends" for taste

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  3. about 2 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Oh yes, big time. Would get cravings for a certain food and HAVE to have it every day. For a while, it was steamer clams, and then...

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    • LoriLynne
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in ...
    about 2 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    No appetite days 2-4 following treatment.

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  4. about 2 years ago
    CTRivergal's Avatar

    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Taste buds affected right away. Even water tasted bad. Had to add lemon juice or cranberry juice to the water. Interestingly, the...

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  5. over 2 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    I had a lot of different side effects, each day seemed to be different with my 1st chemo. Nausea, diarrhea, some thinking chemo bra...

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    • nannyglo
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    over 2 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    occasional.

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