• Appetite

    Asked by Kathy on Friday, November 2, 2012


    I am over a week since having taxotere and carboplatinum. I still have no appetite and lots of things taste disappointedly different. Any suggestions?

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Boy I remember this. I was on esoposide and cisplatin (cisplatin is similar to carboplatinum) I just had to find the things I was able to eat which wasn't much. Usually something sweet. Everything else tasted horrible. My Oncologist told me I probably wouldn't eat much during treatment but I needed to be sure and drink plenty of fluids. Try frosted flakes or fruity pebbles. They're really sweet and have some of the vitamins your body needs to keep going. I was able to eat a small bowl of frosted flakes in the morning and a small bowl at night. Good Luck to you.

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Yep carbopliatinum can really effect how things taste, It is one of the drugs in my cocktail. I have found that the Steroids they give to help with the side effects, have the opposite effect on my appetite. Things will start tasting better and/or you'll get use to the new tastes. The first treatment usually is the worst in terms of side effects, so hopeful things will sort out. Good luck.

      over 8 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      At one point my chemo made Diet Coke taste bad (I don't drink coffee so I used to get me caffeene elsewhere) so I went cold turkey off of it and all caffeene. I never noticed any withdrawal symptoms as the chemo side effects masked them. With nausea I have also had trouble eating. The jey is to try lots of things and eat what you can keep diown and tastes good to you at the time. Make sure you are getting the right vitiamins and if necessary talk to your oincologist about what vitiamojns you should be taking. Avoid taking even over the counter stuff without consulting your onco;logist as there may be interactions you do not know about. My oncologist has recomended things like gatorade to get hydrated and provide electrolites that help keep me hydrated.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Eat by the clock instead of when you are hungry (because you aren't hungry). I lived on cheese and crackers during chemo. For some reason cheese still tasted like cheese and the crackers didn't really taste like anything but they were tolerable. Other foods just tasted down right nasty. Find something you can tolerate and stock up on it.

      over 8 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      I experienced the same problem Kathy. I tried to nibble on small amounts of things all day long.
      I ate alot of granola bars, cereal, peanut butter on toast and milkshakes.

      over 8 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      I took the same chemo drugs, and I found that after 10 days the bad taste dissipated. Then for the rest of time until the next chemo, I returned to eating normally. By the last chemo, this time period had decreased down to 1 week. Good luck, and perhaps your taste will return soon.

      over 8 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      Try drinking boost. It will help during this time and keep you from loosing to much weight which will cause fatigue.
      Even my diet pepsi tasted gross for a while. My favorite foods is what seemed to turn gross first.

      over 8 years ago
    • Onoi11's Avatar

      I've had a craving for Cheerios throughout chemo. Often, I'll top them off with sliced banana, cranberries and/or roasted pecans. When nothing else seemed palatable, a bowl of Cheerios hits the spot.

      over 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      This is one of those "Grin and bare it" problems. I couldn't taste anything. I settled in on French Toast.. It even tasted good. My Tom and I joke now when we have it, as he got a lot of experience making just right. I lived on it for a week or two... then I branched out to Campbels Chicken Noodle Soup, with 10 saltine crackers... Don't as why... that was my next best friend to eat. after several weeks of those two.... my taste came back... I was on chemo for almost two years so.... glad it did. Oncologist said he wouldn't let me lose weight. And dang it... He didn't.

      over 8 years ago
    • SherrySwett's Avatar

      Every time I had chemo the food tasted really bad. It got to the point of my asking hospital food service to not bring the food in the room. Then I asked anybody who was eating anything to eat somewhere else. I know it wasn't just hospital food that tasted terrible because my meals before the chemo treatments was pretty good. It was about 2-3 weeks each time before my appetite came back. Then I craved beef and oranges. Several things tasted good when nothing else did...Activia yogurt and milkshakes, oranges and bananas which I could have if someone else peeled them for me.

      over 8 years ago
    • SherrySwett's Avatar

      Diet Coke and coffee tasted horrible to me too. I never went back to Diet Coke but I drink about 2 cups of coffee each day. It was several months before I resumed drinking coffee.

      over 8 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      That lasted a couple of weeks for me after each treatment. I found that acidic things neutralized that nasty metallic taste...lemons, pickles, ketchup. Be sure to find some way to get protein down. That's what your body uses to make new white cells to replace the ones chemo destroys. Minestrone worked for me...acidic. When your taste returns just before your next treatment, eat your favorite things!

      over 8 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I found that the only foods I could really taste while on chemo were spicy or sweet. I ate a lot of Mexican food and a lot of cupcakes.

      over 8 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar

      My #1 suggestion is DON"T eat anything you liked the taste of before Chemo!! It won't taste good to you and many people will find it tastefull after their taste sensation returns to normal. They say, and I found it to be true, acidic things and sours, eliminate some of the metalic taste in your mouth. Adopt the idea that "eating is medicine" right now...and I agree with nancyjac...eat by the clock...and always eat SOMETHING! Even if it isn't great for you...at least it is something with calories that will keep your energy up. For me it took about 3-4 months for my taste buds to return to normal.

      over 8 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Pretzels! I would keep a few nearby for a snack or something to accompany meds. The salt was not the best answer, but they helped calm my stomach and tasted almost good. I am told that gluten free pretzels tastes ok and have less salt. Sweet things turned me off except after chemo and the steroids. I also fouind that textures bothered me more.

      over 8 years ago
    • Kimi1017's Avatar

      I was on exactly the same meds. I just forced myself to eat even if things tasted different, kinda metallic. Also, if I was eating something salty or bitter, it would get saltier or more bitter after every bite. The funny thing was, usually on the 2nd and 3rd week after chemo I'd have a HUGE appetite. I'd usually crave for something and eat so much. Doc said to just give in to the craving to keep my strength up for the next chemo. Also, every 1st week after my chemo, I couldnt drink any cold water. It just felt weird in my tummy so I'd drink lukewarm water. Just take one day at a time. My appetite went back to normal as soon as I was done with my chemo. Just remember - YOU HAVE TO EAT TO KEEP YOUR STRENGTH UP!

      over 8 years ago
    • denisec's Avatar

      Country Time lemonade and spanish rice!

      over 8 years ago

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