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Will my taste-buds return after radiation treatment to face and neck?

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Dr. Peter Flaherty
Dentistry - Cosmetic
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In brief: Unknown

Unfortunately only time will tell.
Some of the factors at play are: amount of radiation, location, individual patient response, extent of underlying disease. Best wishes.

In brief: Unknown

Unfortunately only time will tell.
Some of the factors at play are: amount of radiation, location, individual patient response, extent of underlying disease. Best wishes.
Dr. Peter Flaherty
Dr. Peter Flaherty
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Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Agreed, they may also return altered
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Yes, usually.

Taste buds are very sensitive to injury from radiation therapy.
The degree of damage depends upon the dose of radiation, which differs for various kinds of cancers and their location, and is very dependent as well on individual differences. The result can vary from near complete loss of taste that is permanent to near full recovery. The recovery is slow and can take a number of weeks.

In brief: Yes, usually.

Taste buds are very sensitive to injury from radiation therapy.
The degree of damage depends upon the dose of radiation, which differs for various kinds of cancers and their location, and is very dependent as well on individual differences. The result can vary from near complete loss of taste that is permanent to near full recovery. The recovery is slow and can take a number of weeks.
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
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