• Does everyone lose their taste and saliva glands when treated in the throat area?

    Asked by Throatless on Monday, August 12, 2019

    Does everyone lose their taste and saliva glands when treated in the throat area?

    Mine are both gone and I wonder if the saliva glands will come back? anyone have them recover?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have had 3 diagnoses where I had radiation to my neck. I lost taste and saliva glands in all three. After my third diagnosis, I lost saliva glands, all of my teeth and have had fibrosis damage in my neck, fried carotid arteries, and other problems.

      6 months ago
    • Boogerman's Avatar

      The chemo has made me not have much of a tasted sense, everything just tastes the same. But my saliva glands are not an issue, but I haven't had radiation to the throat.

      6 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      I had my parotid (saliva) gland removed due to a tumor, part of my jaw, ear & neck are permanently numb.
      I still get shivers from the first bite of sharp foods like berries, but no lose of taste. I don't think your glands will re-generate, sorry!

      6 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Molly, I have a section of my neck, the right side, that is numb also. Mine is numb from the radical neck dissection on that side. The did warn me that I might have a numb neck, and a face draw, and possibly loss of the use of my right arm. I missed all of those except the numbness. So I guess I'm better than I could have been.

      6 months ago
    • robynr's Avatar

      I finished treatment about 1 1/2 months ago. My taste came back but a lot of foods are just not right,some not at all. Dry mouth is biggest problem, it has gotten a bit better. Hoping for more improvement.

      6 months ago

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