3. I have cancer and noticed a change in taste, what can I do?

If you experience a loss of, or change in, taste you can try the following strategies:

  • Using seasoning such as herbs and spices, lemon, garlic in cooking, which can make food more palatable.
  • If you have become sensitive to strong flavours, try limiting overpowering foods such as spicy or hot foods.
  • If your usual diet is not enough to meet nutritional requirements, your healthcare professional may recommend a nutrition support solution such as an oral nutritional supplement like Fortisip Compact Protein.
  • The Cancer Council of NSW has a detailed factsheet that can provide further advice and guidance on taste and smell changes.