• I have heard/read/been told that my taste would change after having a few rounds of chemo. How long will that last?

    Asked by CancerChicky on Sunday, December 17, 2017

    I have heard/read/been told that my taste would change after having a few rounds of chemo. How long will that last?

    Does the taste come back right after chemo stops or will it be a while or permanently.

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    • lh25's Avatar
      lh25

      Mine changed after my first round of chemo. It came back faster for some things then others. It was all back to normal a month or so after I stopped if I remember right.

      10 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I had radiation and chemo 29 years ago and it changed, and then came back at some point after treatment was done, I don't remember how long. Then in my last dx, I lost it again, and again, it came back after radiation was over, but even today it's different. It seems like most things don't have a lot of flavors. It's frustrating.

      10 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Mine came back about a month after chemo ended. But it was gradual. Some flavors came back before others.

      10 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      My ability to taste would come and go during chemo. Sometimes food had no taste at all. I could not eat ketchup because it had a metallic taste to it and avocados, which I love, made me nauseated. After chemo my taste buds returned to normal.

      10 months ago
    • Phoenix76's Avatar
      Phoenix76

      Mine began to change after the first treatment; meats (such as beef) tasted more metallic to me; salt seemed saltier and sugar seemed sweeter. Not much changed, really. Chocolate still tasted good! :-)

      Cheese, yogurt and milk seemed unchanged. I seemed to eat more fish; for some reason, it tasted more flavorful to me.

      It changed back slowly after treatment ended; I would say that things were more or less normal after about 6 - 8 weeks.

      10 months ago
    • Pgf26791's Avatar
      Pgf26791

      Omg Everything tastes like cardboard and paste. My son keeps urging me to eat, but I can only. get maybe 1/2 to1/4 a sandwich down before I can't tolerate any more. There isn't a drink that doesn't make me just gag. I've tried every juice known to man and let's not even mention water.

      Eating was the only vice left to me and I really enjoyed good food. I hope the taste buds straighten out again after chemo. I am coming up on my 9th treatment. I have 3 more following that. I can't wait.

      10 months ago

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