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Changes in taste among pediatric patients with cancer and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation recipients

Auteurs: Robyn Loves, Erin Plenert, Vivian Tomlinson, Sasha Palmert, Gloria Green, Tal Schechter, Deborah Tomlinson, Emily Vettese, Sue Zupanec, L. Lee Dupuis, Lillian Sung

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 11/2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Changes in taste is a common bothersome symptom in children receiving cancer treatments. However, little is known about how pediatric cancer patients experience this symptom. The objective was to describe how children receiving cancer treatments experience taste alterations and the approaches they use to address the issue.

Methods

In this qualitative study, we included English-speaking children 4–18 years of age with cancer or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation recipients who were actively receiving cancer treatment or who had completed therapy. Using a semi-structured questionnaire, we asked questions about the experience of altered taste sensation. We asked about its characteristics, impacts and identified coping strategies.

Results

We included 50 children. Children experienced changes in taste in a heterogeneous fashion although commonly described food as tasting “different”, “not right” or “funny”. While change in food preferences due to taste alterations was common, specific choices varied. Many found changes started with treatment initiation or mid-way through treatment, and some found that symptoms persisted up to 9 months following treatment completion. Actions taken to address taste changes were sucking on candy, brushing teeth and modifying food choices.

Conclusions

The experience of changes in taste was common yet highly variable in its presentation and resultant changes in food preferences. Taste changes did not always resolve soon after treatment completion. Future research should identify ways to manage this symptom in pediatric cancer patients.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Changes in taste among pediatric patients with cancer and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation recipients
Auteurs
Robyn Loves
Erin Plenert
Vivian Tomlinson
Sasha Palmert
Gloria Green
Tal Schechter
Deborah Tomlinson
Emily Vettese
Sue Zupanec
L. Lee Dupuis
Lillian Sung
Publicatiedatum
01-07-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer International Publishing
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 11/2019
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-019-02242-5

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