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Support Care Cancer. 2001 Nov;9(8):575-80.

Taste and smell dysfunction in patients receiving chemotherapy: a review of current knowledge.

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University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina, Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, NC 27835-6028, USA. tcomeau@pcmh.com

Abstract

Disorders of taste are prevalent in patients undergoing chemotherapy and often have a negative impact on quality of life and nutrition. We now present a review of the physiology of taste and smell and a discussion of the multiple causes of disturbances in these senses in patients undergoing standard- and high-dose chemotherapy. A better understanding of the complex and often multifactorial etiology of taste dysfunction should enable the clinician to institute measures to minimize the impact of these disturbing changes.

PMID:
11762967
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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