Leading Research into Head & Neck Cancer

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

Kinder treatment
The problem

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

The research
The future
Royal Marsden Hospital London
Royal Marsden Hospital London
Prof Chris Nutting
Prof Chris Nutting

Project type:
Fellowship

Project Leader:
Prof Chris Nutting

Researcher:
Dr Lucinda Gunn

Commencement date:
December 2017

Length of project:
2 years

Funding provided:
£100,000

Funder:
Sir Adrian Swire Swallowing Fellowship

Location:
Royal Marsden Hospital London

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