• I have been told that chemo and radiation will affect all of our senses. Which of yours have been affected?

    Asked by CancerChicky on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    I have been told that chemo and radiation will affect all of our senses. Which of yours have been affected?

    My taste went first, I can't tell if eyesight has been affected, smell, maybe, hearing-not that I can tell. How about you?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      Taste buds. My family couldn't believe they were watching me, the Queen Chocoholic, spitting out chocolate! It lasted throughout chemo, but resolved and now I am back to being the lover of anything once again! (and the weight came back on, darn it!)

      Eyes were never affected nor was my hearing, however, I suffered from severe bilateral vestibular dysfunction because of the platinum-based drug I was on (fried inner ear and affected balance). Platinum-based drugs can affect hearing, too.

      And yes, certain things smelled funky to me, but my family assured me it was only my sense of smell that was weird. And that also resolved for me soon after I finished chemo.

      2 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I am going next week to have my eyes checked to see if they have been impacted by my treatments. I have tinnitus pretty badly, but I can't remember if I had it before treatments or not. My taste buds are fine ... if anything, I started liking more varieties of foods and I think my sense of smell is as good as it ever was. I only have touches of neuropathy and that only comes occasionally so I'm going to say "feel" is okay, too.

      2 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I lost taste in all of my three diagnoses, lost weight, I couldn't tell about sight or hearing. My smell seems to have been enhanced. That's about all I could tell.

      2 months ago

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