• I am getting to that point where I can't taste much or what I do tastes terrible.

    Asked by Coloman on Friday, January 24, 2020

    I am getting to that point where I can't taste much or what I do tastes terrible.

    How long does this last or when will my taste come back?

    4 Answers from the Community

    4 answers
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      After you finish treatment your taste should (mostly) gradually come back. Try using non-metallic utensils. Some folks say that can help. I found I had to force myself to eat at times because I knew I needed the nutrition. Not much about this process is fun.

      about 1 month ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      I think Bengal's idea of non-metallic utensils is a great one. The only adaptation that I could make was to scan the pantry for something which looked somewhat appealing. When I saw something that I thought I could get down and keep down, I ate it immediately - as later in the day, I might not be able to. You might notice the days post-treatment which are the worst and eat a little more in the days before, if that is possible. I practiced fasting before all of this, so it came as less of a shock, but still a shock. I would advise you to simply keep trying things until you find something workable. The oncology nurses often have a wealth of information on this, from both their training and experience.

      about 1 month ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      They also say that a sour pickle or sucking on a lemon helps restore our sense of taste. My comfort foods didn't taste good - I ended up craving and eating chili and Mexican food.

      about 1 month ago
    • PattyF's Avatar
      PattyF

      My last treatment was August 28th and my taste is back to normal and I am able to eat just about everything once again. During treatments I noticed I was more sensitive to spicier foods and could not tolerate. I also remember most foods were unappealing to me on infusions days or I would have strange cravings like chips and dip, pretzels, chicken noodle soup, etc. Do your best to eat what you can. I also made sure I stayed hydrated - I would fill up a 64oz pitcher of water and make sure I drank the entire amount before going to bed. It was a huge help with flushing the chemicals through my body and my recovery time was shorter after each infusion as well.

      about 1 month ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy


    Read and answer more colorectal (colon) cancer questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Colorectal (Colon) Cancer page.