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.

    • JamesLamb
    • Experience with Nodular lymphocyte p...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Around day 3 of my chemo (CHOP-R) I really notice a metallic taste, which tries to overtake my taste buds. I have found that my nau...

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    • jadewber
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Losing my taste buds! :(

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  1. about 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Food has no taste :(

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    • cboxdorfer
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    about 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    about a week after my first treatment, I noticed that I didn't really have much of a taste. I still wanted to eat but just couldn't...

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    • PammersD30
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    about 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Nothing taste the same, my favorite foods, drinks, everything just taste odd

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    • Ejourneys
    • Experience with Mucinous (or Colloi...
    over 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    My mouth has developed a metallic taste, especially during and after my second chemo infusion on May 29, 2014. I taste it most when...

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    • Rebeccalyn
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Oro...
    over 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Loss of taste buds and severe mouth dryness

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    • makoala
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    between the metal taste of the Oxaliplatin and the tingling if you ate/drank anything more than room tempature this one was tough

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  2. over 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    lots of side effects, some still ongoing. Currently pains in joints particularly elbows and ankles

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    • linlou
    • Experience with Angiosarcomas, Sarcoma
    over 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    For the first few days after chemo everything tastes like cardboard! I do have an appetite, but can't eat because of this.

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    • Johnswife
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    over 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Food has an awful taste of metallic cardboard. Resulted in getting a feeding tube put into stomach. Presently relying on the feedi...

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  3. over 7 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    This has been a very difficult side effect for my husband. He knows he needs to eat, and fortunately has an appetite, but food is j...

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