What Taste Changes Occur During Chemotherapy?Not all people will develop taste changes during chemotherapy. Certain chemotherapy drugs are more likely to cause it than others. Drugs such as carboplatin, cisplatin, doxorubisin, gemcitabine, and paclitaxel are known to cause taste change.
Taste changes can occur a few hours after completing a round of chemotherapy or days after. It varies from person to person, and there is no way to predict when it may occur. When people do experience taste changes, they generally experience any of four different taste sensations, such as:
What Can My Doctor Do About My Taste Changes?Unfortunately, there is not much your doctor can do to prevent taste changes caused by chemotherapy. Even so, it is very important that you let your doctor know about any side effects of treatment you are experiencing -- even taste changes. Side effects involving taste changes can lead to weight loss. When foods taste differently, you can develop an aversion to certain foods or eating altogether, which can cause weight loss and malnutrition.
Even though your doctor may not be able to be able to prevent it from occurring, there are several things that you can do to mask or relieve taste changes. Check out these tips from cancer patients about taste changes:
- Tips to Combat Metallic Tastes
- Coping with Bitter Tastes
- Advice for Those Who Have Lost Their Sense of Taste