Chemotherapy can cause changes in the taste buds, altering the brains perception of how food tastes. Meats often taste bitter, and sweets can taste unpleasant. Even foods that children crave taste bad. The sense of smell is also impacted by chemotherapy. Smells can be heightened so that smells that other family members do not notice can cause nausea in a child on chemotherapy.
Both the sense of smell and the sense of taste can take months to return to normal after chemotherapy ends.
Once Katy begged me to make her my special double chocolate sour cream cake. Surprisingly, it smelled really good to her as it baked. She took a big bite, spit it out all over the table, and ran back to her room sobbing. She cried for a long time. She told me later that it had tasted "bitter and horrible."
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