How to re-gain taste in the mouth post-chemotherapy?

"My father has had chemotherapy. Unfortunately his taste buds have been burned out. What can I do to help him replace the taste in his mouth so he will eat again?"

Asked by Donna in commenting on the science activity, "Test Your Tongue: Are Strawberries Sweet or Sour?"
In Topics: Physical Health, Nutrition
> 60 days ago



Wayne Yankus
Apr 21, 2010
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What the Expert Says:


Age alone robs you of your taste and certainly so does chemotherapy. Sour tastes sometimes come off the tongue better than salt or sweet. Lemon/lime etc. but it is best to ask his oncologist (cancer doctor) what she/he thinks might work best. A lot depends on what chemo and how long.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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