• I am getting radiation treatments on my neck ??? how long if ever will my tast buds return

    Asked by saldigi on Sunday, December 16, 2012

    I am getting radiation treatments on my neck ??? how long if ever will my tast buds return

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    • haleezcomet's Avatar

      Y They should return in 4 to 6 weeks. It has been 11 yrs since my treatment. Try to keep hydrated and hard candy helps . Hope you feel better soon. G-d Bless.

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Welcome to the site! I have been treated twice in the neck area, once for hodgkins and once for Head & Neck (tonsil) I don't remember 24 years ago how long it took, but most recently 4 yrs ago, it was a month or so. Ask about taking something to help with your saliva glands to keep them flowing. Mine got nuked, I have an extrremely dry mouth now, that led to extreme dental problems. I am dealing with them now. If you haven't already ask about the dental issues caused by the radiation to the mouth. You should go to your dentist and be sure all teeth are in good shape.

      Good luck to you, let us know what questions you have. There is always someone here to help you.

      Greg P
      3x Survivor
      Team WhatNext

      almost 4 years ago
    • Richardc's Avatar

      It took mine a while to return, several months and the process was gradual. At first, I couldn't handle anything spicy, not even ketchup. Seems like it took a number of months - maybe a year before I could enjoy all the foods I previously enjoyed. Hang in there. It does get better.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I do not know about taste buds because I was on a nasal feeding tube during during treatment and for some months after. What I did suffer from was painful mouth sores and I have severe dental problems. Demand that your medical team take care of your mouth. I use biotene as a mouthwash. As for the taste buds they are only part of the story we eat with all our sense. All the time I was being fed by a tube, I watched the food channel. I learned a lot. Presentation is everything. Make your meals colorful. (by the way vegetables with the most color are the most nutrious) Fresh herbs are wonderful and good for you. You can grow them in a very small space. Also herbs add a beautiful aroma to cooking. Smell your food. Participate in the preparation of your food as much as possible. Season your food properly. Enbrace the whole eating experience even enjoying music during your meals.

      almost 4 years ago
    • musician8245's Avatar

      It took about a month for me. It returns in stages. It's been about 12 weeks since the last treatment and I still only have about 1/3 of taste buds that work.
      The regimen of Chemo/radiation did not for me. headed to Stanford for Surgery today.
      Good luck to you.

      almost 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I got radiation treatments to my neck last year, and I still have dry mouth, although it is better. Stay hydrated! I carry a big water bottle wherever I go. My oncologist recommended Salagen to help with saliva, but it made me sweat profusely, so I couldn't take it. My sister-in-law, a long term cancer survivor, swears by it. My sense of taste has improved, but it is still not at 100%, but I can enjoy what I eat a little more now. I had dental problems before radiation and wore an upper denture and needed work on my lower teeth. They just pulled them all, as healing is very different after radiation. The denture part sucks, but I'm glad I chose that route. Best of luck to you on your journey!

      almost 4 years ago

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