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Will My Sense of Taste Return After Cancer Treatment?

As a result of my cancer treatment, I've lost my sense of taste! I'd like to know more about this bizarre side effect. For example, will my sense of taste return after I've finished treatment?

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It might. If you experience taste alteration (known medically as "dysgeusia") due to radiation or chemotherapy, your sense of taste might return to normal within two or three months. Or it could be a permanent change. Either way, it can be extremely annoying and distressing, and can be a major roadblock preventing you from getting the nutrition you need.
Be sure to discuss this side effect with your doctor, who can help you try to pinpoint exactly what is causing the problem. Sometimes, it is a direct effect of chemo or radiation, but sometimes, it is caused by other factors, such as an infection. Your healthcare provider also can suggest strategies for dealing with this problem.
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