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I'm 53 years old and I have had chemotherapy and radiation

treatment, my side affects are...
I'm 53 years old and I have had chemotherapy and radiation treatment, my side affects are of food tastes bitter and of nausea. Someone recommended cinnamon?? Please let me know asap thank you!!
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I am afraid this is a common problem after chemotherapy and radiation.

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This occurs due to damage to the taste buds which are highly sensitive to both chemo and radiation.

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Food may be tasteless, may taste bitter or too sweet or metallic.

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do all foods taste bitter to you?

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I would like to know, do you get this bitter taste with all foods?

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Customer: I lost a lot of my appetite its hard for me eat because I'm not hungry like I don't feel hungry anymore
Customer: (I'm messaging for my mom, I'm Elliott, I have her on the phone while I am typing to you)
Dr. P Jyoti :

thats right, thats a typical after effect of chemo and radiation

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ok, now i understand why you are delaying

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i will suggest some steps that she can take which will help her with this

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you may relay this back to her later

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during cooking, add ingredients like

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Flavorings
Tomato sauce
Marinades

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Barbecue sauce
Soy sauce
Mustard
Barbecue sauce

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this will give her a taste in foods and mask the bitterness

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will also help her to regain her appetitie

Customer: Her doctor said something about cinnamon?? What does she mean by that, it has been 5 weeks since she had her last raidiation.
Dr. P Jyoti :

yes, cinnamon added to food will also help in masking the bitterness along with these other ingredients that I mentioned

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give this list to her, it will surely help her

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also advise her on the following steps:

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foods that look appealing will taste better - let her try the foods that she is attracted to

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select foods with a variety of colors, shapes, etc

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she should drink a lot of fluids - this is most important

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ask her to chew gum, hard logenges, etc which will remove nausea and the bitter taste

Customer: And what do you suppose the nausea comes from and she throws up occasionally,
Dr. P Jyoti :

the nausea is a remnant from the earlier chemotherapy

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it can also be a side effect of any anti-cancer medicines that she is taking now

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let her discuss with her doctor whether her present medicines can cause nausea

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she should also take small frequent meals which will help with the nausea

Customer: For instance, she went yesterday to a pizza store and ordered a calzone, and onion rings she once she got the food she got turned off and couldn't eat any of it....
Dr. P Jyoti :

also suck gums, hard logenges, etc as I advised earlier

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thats right, i have just explained

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she must have relayed this to you now

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let her have foods that she finds appealing

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if something doesnt work, then she just has to leave it

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explain to her that these side effects will go off eventually

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for now, she should try the steps I mentioned

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she may also consult a dietician for this

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let her also ask her doctor whether her present medications have nausea and loss of appetite as a side effect

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she may be continuing on anti cancer drugs which can cause these side effects

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any further questions?

Customer: So would you know if any of there are permanent??
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no, they are not permanent

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nausea and vomiting is sure to pass off

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sometimes some altered taste may remain though specially if she had radiation near her tongue area

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but in general, altered taste also is temporary and she will recover

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any further questions?

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Hope that satisfies your query. If so, please choose a positive rating.

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Customer: She had raidiation in the Stan of the brain, (is that near the taste buds)?
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yes, thats right, it could affect the taste buds

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brain stem

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but hopefully taste too will come back

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it may take upto 6 months though

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let her have patience and wait a bit

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Hope that satisfies your query. If so, please choose a positive rating.

If you have any other queries, do ask. Wish you good health and a quick recovery. Bonus is always welcome!

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yes thats right, after rating the answer also i will be available for all your future questions

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you can continue asking on this thread also at intervals

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i am sure your mother will have many more questions, so please do ask them

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