Common in patients with cancer undergoing systemic anti-cancer, taste and smell alterations may develop throughout the course of cancer (before and during) and last up to one year after treatment1, with up to 70% of cancer patients experiencing taste changes during chemotherapy and radiotherapy2.
Sensory alterations in advanced cancer are associated with a substantial decrease in caloric intake, increase risk of malnutrition, poorer social-emotional function and overall quality of life. Nutritional interventions in cancer patients such as Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) can improve overall energy and protein intake, overall body weight, muscle mass and quality of life.
In line with previous findings, this new study called “Self-reported taste and smell alterations and the liking of oral nutritional supplements with sensory adapted flavours in cancer patients receiving systemic antitumor treatment” shows that:
It is important healthcare professionals consider above findings when selecting or prescribing Oral Nutritional Supplements for cancer patients and take into consideration ONS flavors preferences for better product adherence.