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.

  1. 17 days ago
    Dkoreen213's Avatar

    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Begin to lose taste as treatment progresses.

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    • globug6691
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    2 months ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    During chemo my tastes change severely. Want sweet and sour things.

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    • Wyntersun
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    6 months ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Everything tastes "off". Hard to explain.

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    • Wyntersun
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    6 months ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Anything sweet tasted overly saccharine.

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    7 months ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Everything tastes spoiled or rotten for the first week after chemo

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  2. 9 months ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Could be a lot worse...I think what I am experiencing is pretty standard...

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  3. about 1 year ago
    naturalfish's Avatar

    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Definite taste loss. Am supplementing with zinc & kelp (iodine), but so far they only help with cold hands & feet, not my loss of t...

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    • Hlh
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    about 1 year ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Food has no taste

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    • llimko
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    about 1 year ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Worst part of chemo!!

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    • Meadowlark
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian...
    over 1 year ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    After 2nd cycle of Taxol/Carboplatin, I have a better idea of the consistent side effects. In the 1st week, I felt queasy (nausea r...

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

    Side Effects

    Hard to find foods that I can eat. Most have no taste or offensive smell

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    • CarrieA
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    over 1 year ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Most everything tasted horrible! Biotene toothpaste and oral rinse helped a great deal. Eventually went away after chemo completion.

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