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...
Symptoms Airways and lungs
Breathing difficulty (from inhalation) Throat swelling (may also cause breathing difficulty) Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
Severe pain in the throat Severe pain or burning in the nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue Vision loss Gastrointestinal
Abdominal pain -- severe Blood stools Burns of the esophagus (food pipe) Vomiting, possibly with blood Heart and blood
Collapse Low blood pressure -- develops rapidly Nervous system
Coma Convulsions Dizziness Drowsiness Headache Nervousness Staggering Stupor Weakness Skin
Burns Irritation Necrosis (holes) in the skin or underlying tissues
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