Certain medications can change the way the receptors in your mouth and nose tell your brain what you're tasting or smelling. Some foods may taste bitter, rancid, or metallic. Foods that used to be your favorites may taste different while you're getting treatment. This condition usually only lasts as long as treatment does -- in most cases, your will senses will return to normal a couple months after you're done.
The following breast cancer treatments can affect your sense of taste and smell:
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab), a targeted therapy
Some pain medications also can affect your sense of taste and smell.
Managing taste and smell changes
Try new foods . If you find yourself disliking your favorite foods, try foods that are different from what you normally eat. Be sure to try new foods when you're feeling good so you don't develop more food dislikes.
Eat lightly and several hours before you receive chemotherapy . This helps prevent food aversions caused by nau...
Drug eluting stents and bare metal stents are in the news these days, especially on the business pages as companies try to prove that "mine is better". I am asked on numerous occasions by patients what they should do if they have one or the other type of stent put in. The answer to this one is quite easy. Just follow the advice of your doctor about control of your medicines , nutrition and exercise , and don't spend any time at all worrying about which one of these stents is better. Let me explain. When a tight spot (blockage or stenosis) is found in a coronary artery it is similar to when a pipe is blocked in your house, flow does not go through adequately. We try to unblock the flow of blood in the coronary artery . There are several ways to do this that involve different instruments. In the early days of intervention on coronary arteries , we used balloons to open the vessel and they worked pretty well. When they worked (80% of the time) the artery often started ...
We know that exposure to the sun can damage our skin and cause skin cancer. A recent study also showed that chronic skin allergy to metals in orthopedic implants can also lead to skin cancer.
Orthopedic implants are used to replace something that are missing or damaged. Implants are used for a number of reasons, for example:
Rods, pins, screws or plates to anchor fractured bones
Not all implants contain metal, however, many do contain metal and metal alloys such as nickel, cobalt and chromium. These metals help make the implants stronger and more durable, however, some people have an allergic reaction which can appear on the skin as a rash or inflammation. This inflammation might cause joint pain, swelling or joint failure.
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis recently published a study that looked at the effects of chronic allergic reaction from metal implan...
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