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5 years ago  ::  Aug 24, 2009 - 4:57PM #1
appy20
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My mother has lung cancer.  She has just completed a round of chemo and radiation.  It was supposedly "light" chemo, whatever that means.  Her prognosis is good.  She smoked for 55 years and quit about 10 years ago.  She supposedly and hopefully only has a very small spot on her lung.  She is 85.  In a few weeks, she will be 86.


My question is about her sense of taste.  She cannot taste many foods and those that she does, taste bad. She cannot taste salt and everything seems unsalted to her.  Also, some things just taste very bad. She is wondering when she can expect to get her taste back.  It has been 2 weeks since the last round of chemo and radiation.


Has anyone had any experience with this? Any idea of how long it will be before her taste is back to normal?

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5 years ago  ::  Sep 03, 2009 - 12:45PM #2
Technicality
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I don't know about not being able to taste foods at all. But my chemotherapy regimen consists of 2 different types of therapy...I alternate between 1 day and 5 day sessions. The doctor told me that he is giving me the maximum chemotherapy they are allowed to give (whatever that means) but the one day sessions do affect my taste quite a bit. Usually for about 3-4 days afterward now, things I normally love will taste bad. But at first, it took about a week before my taste returned to normal.


Also, I had problems with hiccups while drinking stuff. I'll normally have to sip on my drinks for a few days...a normal drink will instantly give me hiccups...not sure why that is, but just another thing that could end up showing up.

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5 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2009 - 12:34PM #3
appy20
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Sep 3, 2009 -- 12:45PM, Technicality wrote:


I don't know about not being able to taste foods at all. But my chemotherapy regimen consists of 2 different types of therapy...I alternate between 1 day and 5 day sessions. The doctor told me that he is giving me the maximum chemotherapy they are allowed to give (whatever that means) but the one day sessions do affect my taste quite a bit. Usually for about 3-4 days afterward now, things I normally love will taste bad. But at first, it took about a week before my taste returned to normal.


Also, I had problems with hiccups while drinking stuff. I'll normally have to sip on my drinks for a few days...a normal drink will instantly give me hiccups...not sure why that is, but just another thing that could end up showing up.




Thank you for replying.


What I  have since learned.  The drug that they use for lung cancer is known to cause this.  50% of those treated for lung cancer get it.  Most do get their tastes back in about 3 weeks.  My mother is beginning to taste food enough to enjoy it.  She still has some odd tastes with some things.  She can now drink coffee and enjoy it.  Hopefully, she will continue to improve.

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5 years ago  ::  Oct 02, 2009 - 10:19AM #4
appy20
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As an update.  My mother's taste was gradually improving and then suddenly. ten days ago,  she got most of it back.  The bad thing is that food began to taste so good that she gorged herself until she got sick.  LOL  She has never been inclined to gorging so this was new to her.  Anyway, she is about 95% normal.


They believe they got all the cancer.  The tumor is nothing but scar tissue.  There is no evidence it spread.  No more treatments.  Of course, she will be watched.

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5 years ago  ::  Oct 24, 2009 - 10:23PM #5
nevillenosher
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Good to hear the taste is back probably a very good sign.  Can understand the need for moderation mind you!!

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4 years ago  ::  Aug 16, 2010 - 7:11PM #6
appy20
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Update.  The last few months, my mother has undergone extensive physicals and examinations by oncologists and lung specialists.  Due to a bout of bronchitis, she got a few more physicals than the average person.  All that is left of the cancer is scar tissue.  She is healthy.  The cancer did not spread. She will be 87 in October.  She has no other major health problem.  Some allergies and some Osteoarthritis. The only medicine she is on is Claritin for the allergies.


She got her taste back completely and she loves her coffee!

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4 years ago  ::  Aug 22, 2010 - 10:31AM #7
nevillenosher
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Always good to hear of the success stories appy!  8-)  All the best for your Mom and for you.


Take care,


Malcolm

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4 years ago  ::  Sep 01, 2010 - 11:33AM #8
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Yes, that's very good to hear! Keep us updated!

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