Coping with Taste Changes in Childhood Cancer
Symptom 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
Posted on 26 July, 2016, in Blog and tagged cancer, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Children with Cancer, fatigue, Fighting Cancer, impaired immune system, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, side effects, Taste Changes, weight loss. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.