How can we decrease damage to taste caused by radiotherapy?
Full project name: Taste Dysfunction Following Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer
Tag: Kinder treatments
Prof Chris Nutting
Dr Lucinda Gunn
Length of project:
Sir Adrian Swire Swallowing Fellowship
Royal Marsden Hospital London
Taste dysfunction is one of the most frequent complaints of patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer and is reported in up to 75% of patients.
Some patients lose their sense of taste whilst others report a changing perception of taste. Unfortunately, it plays a major role in the anorexia, weight loss and malnutrition seen in patients affected.
Overall, taste dysfunction has a negative impact on quality of life for patients following head and neck radiotherapy
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