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When will food taste good again after chemo and radiation?

Cancer | Last Active: Aug 11, 2020 | Replies (12)

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Hello and welcome @weebiscuit I’m so sorry to hear that your husband has bladder cancer, is there any talk of surgery or has he finished treatment? Sounds like feeding him is a real problem for you. If he’ll drink the Boost or Ensure, that’s a real plus. You can try freezing some of it to make ice cream!
You are doing your best and you don’t want it to become a big issue between you. He knows he needs to eat and he will. Does he have another doctor visit soon? Maybe they can explain the importance of eating especially after chemo.
Your statement , he believes “this is what it’s going to be like for the rest of his life.” You make him sounds as though he’s very depressed. Do you think he’s depressed?

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@weebiscuit You might also look at the group found here:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/recipes-food-tips-healthy-eating-more/
These folks have had all sorts of discussions on food and eating. Maybe post your question to them, also.

They cannot do surgery to remove the tumor. When it was found it was the size of a softball. It started in a diverticulum and then, the way I understand it, (and I could be wrong), is that the diverticulum with the tumor in it moved into the bladder, and it is pressing on nerves and vesicles, so it can't be removed, and neither can the bladder itself be removed. The radiation shrunk it some, and we will find out in October, with another PET scan, if it's continuing to stay inactive and continuing to shrink.

Believe me, we've had endless consults with his oncologist, urologist, and dieticians who had repeatedly told him the importance of eating and getting his weight back. His hemoglobin was also very low in May and June, requiring 5 different blood transfusions. As of last week it's 10.5….. still a long way to go to normal.

I guess the main reason I joined here was to ask others who've gone through this chemo and radiation how it affected their taste, and how long it took to get it back.

No, he's not depressed. He's always upbeat…. until he sits down and looks at food I want him to eat. LOL!