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
Prof Chris Nutting
Prof Chris Nutting

Project type:

Project Leader:
Prof Chris Nutting

Dr Lucinda Gunn

Commencement date:
December 2017

Length of project:
2 years

Funding provided:

Sir Adrian Swire Swallowing Fellowship

Royal Marsden Hospital London

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

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