Changes in Taste and Smell


Cancer treatment can make food taste like metal or chalk, have no taste at all or just taste different than before treatment. Changes in your taste and/or smell are commonly temporary, and routinely resolve within three months of treatment completion.
Avoid metal utensils if food tastes like metal. Cool foods may be more palatable. Small, frequent meals. Maintain good oral hygiene – brush teeth before/after eating. Eat in open, well-aerated areas to decrease smells. Increase fluid intake. Try tart foods. Consume sugar-free mint or lemon candies to help eliminate “metal” taste.