Taste and smell changes
Here we look at the possible effects of cancer treatments on your experience of eating. Some treatments can change the taste or smell of food, or the feeling of food in your mouth.
Up to 80% of people receiving cancer treatment report changes in the flavour of food. These can affect the way they enjoy food, and could lead to a less nutritious diet.
Learn more about:
- How do we experience flavour?
- Why are the senses affected?
- What changes could I experience?
- How long do changes last?
- Tips for managing taste and smell changes
The information is based on the expertise of clinicians who work in the area and consumer experience and was reviewed by: Karen Hall, Clinical Nurse, Cancer Services Division, Flinders Medical Centre SA; Joy Hills, Support Officer Cancer Council Tasmania; Frank Hughes -13 11 20 consultant, Cancer Council Queensland; Christine Long, Team Leader, Health Professional & Education, Cancer Council Queensland; Sue Spencer, Clinical Manager Oncology, Breast Care Nurse, Western Hospital SA; Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurses; Nina Mastrangelo, Consumer SA; Clinical health professionals at Icon Cancer Care SA.
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