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.

    • meema
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    almost 8 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    didnt care for sweets very much

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  1. about 8 years ago
    AllyPulliam's Avatar

    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Dairy products in particular changed in taste.

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    • Lopsided
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    about 8 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    I can no longer taste anything like I used to so have gone off eating. Also loss of appetite and nausea !

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  2. about 8 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Everything tasted like cardboard. I forced myself to eat just to get some nutrition

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    • Leo4life
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    about 8 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Felt like a was always sucking on a penny.

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    • terrilynn
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    about 8 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Food has a very bland taste and trying to spice it up only irritates my mouth sores. Smoothies are great!

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  3. about 8 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    I have always loved very savory and spicy foods. From the start of my treatment, I was shocked to find I could not even tolerate sa...

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  4. about 8 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    This became more prevalent after cycle 3 of treatment. My smell did not change, but taste definitely has been affected, esp. since t...

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  5. over 8 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    From about days 3-10 after treatment, I could not taste anything.

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  6. over 8 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    The only thing I can tolerate is sweets. I practically live on sugar which is the worst thing I can eat.

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    • goofydog
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    over 8 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    I have developed problems tasting food on this 4th round of chemo. It started with water tasting metallic. Seltzer water tasted ok. ...

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    • tputra377
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    over 8 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Sore on tongue due to lack of saliva. First bite of anything, he can taste and then nothing after that.

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