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Appetite and Taste Changes with Cancer

While your child is being treated for cancer, he or she may say that certain foods do not taste the way they used to. This temporary side effect of chemotherapy and radiation is called "mouth blindness."

Some children complain that meats taste bitter or metallic and sweet foods are too sweet. Many prefer spicy, tangy foods such as pizza, chili and spaghetti.

You may need to try different foods to learn what foods your child prefers.

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Last Updated: 09/2013