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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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Thank you for the reply! When you finished treatment were you told it would take that long? We were told "about a month." That's why we're so frustrated as it's worse than ever. Good to know it finally got better for you! Gives me hope. Is the neuropathy in your feet due to the Cispatin? How is it that it affected your feet?

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Hello @weebiscuit

After my treatments I did not enjoy eating for several months. It took a different time period for various foods. I would say it was about 6-8 months before I was finally back on track and eating well. There was no rhyme or reason to what foods were not palatable.

I did not take Cisplatin. I would assume as with a lot of various treatment, the side effects and length of the side effects would vary.

As far as foot numbness, I have not had a treatment for over 2 years and my feet are still quite numb at times.

Everyone reacts different, so the Drs could only give you a general idea of timing. For me, the neuropathy was from a previous treatment, and it had improved. Then I noticed a worsening since Cisplatin. I did know ahead of time of any possible side effects, but chose best case for me overall. My feet have an odd combo of numb and over stimulated nerves. I can still exercise- it improved once, I’m working towards it again!

If your husband’s issue with loss of taste is worsening, I would ask the Dr again to talk it through with you. I know you’ve had a lot of input on foods, but here’s my recommendation: stay more bland, less fiber, etc. Macaroni and cheese comes to mind, and canned pears.

It takes time to heal, so remember others have been through it too- there really is hope!