Personalised diets could help cancer patients

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American researchers made a discovery that could lead to ways to minimise the nausea experienced during chemotherapy.

Researchers from the University of Alberta were investigating a phenomenon called 'chemosensory dysfunction' - abnormalities in taste and smell ? among patients with advanced cancer.

Almost all of the 66 patients questioned experienced problems such as a heightened awareness to smells and a bad taste in the mouth.

Further analysis revealed that the precise nature of the problem seemed unique to the individual, leading the researchers to suggest that individual diet plans, tailored for each patient, could help to limit taste distortion and improve appetite.

The researchers claim that such diets could help patients maintain more normal eating habits, improving their quality of life and potentially improving recovery times.

Dr. Wendy Wismer commented: "We argue that altered chemosensory perception is unique to the individual.

"In the same way that people need unique corrective lenses for their eyesight, patients need unique solutions for chemosensory distortion."

This report is published in the February issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.