Coping with Taste Changes in Childhood Cancer

taste changes - cardboardSymptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.

Some individuals with cancer experience taste changes during or after cancer treatment.  Some of the taste changes you may notice in your child include:

  • The fact that some foods may taste bland to them;
  • They may not be interested in eating because everything they eat tastes the same;
  • Some foods may taste different to what they did before, especially sweet, salty and/or bitter foods;
  • Your child may complain of a or chemical or metallic taste in the mouth, especially after eating meat or other high-protein foods

Taste changes can cause your child to dislike certain foods or refuse to eat, which will lead to weight loss, fatigue, an impaired immune system, and a lack of energy. This is not good as a child needs every ounce of strength they can get to fight the cancer and endure any cancer treatments they may be undergoing.

There are several possible causes of taste changes related to cancer and cancer treatment.  Understanding the cause of your child’s problem may help you and your health care team manage these changes so that your child can eat again.

Changes in taste can make it difficult for your child to eat healthy foods and maintain their weight. If your child does not want to eat because of taste changes, you should speak to their doctor or treatment team, and possibly also a dietician.


Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Taste Changes on our static page, Taste Changes in Childhood Cancer



About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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