Is loss of taste/smell for over 2 years normal?

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Question from Esther: Appreciate your web site. Has anyone experienced loss of smell and taste after chemo/radiation for a long time? It has been over 2 years for me. It is very depressing. Thank you.
Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. I lost my normal taste for a full year after I finished with chemo, so I did not have the 2 years you're experiencing and did not lose sense of smell. It was a full year, which I think is longer than usual. On the other hand, no one in my oncology practice ever specifically asked me that, so I don't know where the full spectrum is of normal. Yes, mine did eventually come back.
Larissa Korde I'm not sure I know what the full spectrum of normal is either, but I would encourage you to discuss this with your physician to ensure there's not something else going on that could be causing this.

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