• Loss of smell and taste affecting appetite

    Asked by JanetteC on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    Loss of smell and taste affecting appetite

    The smell and taste of food has been seriously affected post cancer treatment (radiotherapy, chemo and brachytherapy - finished on 21st November 2012), is this normal and when am I likely to return to normal? I'm barely eating and am seriously concerned this will affect my long term recovery.

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    • JanetteC's Avatar

      Thanks to everyone who has replied, it's been a great help to me to know I'm not alone with this problem.

      Have any of you also noticed your sense of smell was/is affected? This is the root of my problem, I find. Everything, and I mean everything, smells so vile be it food, cleaning products, perfume even myself!! Its making life pretty miserable right now :(

      over 8 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Janette, my smell has probably gone a little on the enhanced side. I smell things that others can't, kind of like I have a "spidy" nose. One thing that still sticks with me is things that I smelled when I was taking treatment, I can't stand now. My wife wore a particular type of perfume then, I can't stand the smell of it now. And I can smell Heparin, from 100' away.

      over 8 years ago
    • JanetteC's Avatar

      Greg, nothing smells as it should to me, nothing smells nice either, its driving me nuts! I cannot describe the smell but at least I can't smell the smell of radiotherapy anymore, I truly hated it.

      I guess this is all part of the healing process and I just have to get on with it and hope my sense of smell and taste return to normal soon, its having a massive impact on my life as I don't want to leave home due to it and with Christmas almost upon us, it's not going to be a joyous time for me.

      Thanks to everyone who has replied, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy 2013!! :)

      over 8 years ago

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