Many patients find chemotherapy leaves them with a metallic taste. When your mouth is yucky, food tastes bitter and rancid and you can lose interest in food and eating very quickly. This change in taste may result in you disliking certain foods that you would normal eat and can cause a loss of appetite leading to weight loss. Choose foods that look and smell good. Avoid foods that do not appeal to you. For instance, if red meat (such as beef) tastes or smells strange, then try chicken or turkey.
It is important that you have a well-balanced diet to maintain energy but this can be difficult for cancer patients if they don’t feel like eating. Speak to your medical team for advice about your loss of appetite as good nutrition is needed to keep your immune system strong.
One tip to try to alleviate these gross tastes and help make food palatable is to gently brush your teeth, gums and tongue with a soft bristled toothbrush before and after meals. Mouthwashes might help too. We have popped Oral 7 toothpaste and Oral 7 mouthwash in our Kit for Cancer case with our soft toothbrush.
Our Kit case is nearly overflowing with goodies but we squeeze a packet of fruit tingles in! Always keep a pack in your bag.
Usually, your sense of taste begins to come back to normal within a few weeks of finishing chemotherapy.