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Altered taste thresholds in lung cancer.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  619598     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Taste threshold levels for the four basic taste modalities were determined in 30 male lung cancer subjects and 30 male control subjects who had no history of malignant disease. Lung cancer patients demonstrated significant alteration in taste recognition for sour but not for bitter, sweet, or salt. There were, however, quantitative differences between cancer patients and control subjects in recognition thresholds for the sweet taste modality. Some of the lung cancer subjects had demonstrated greater sensitivity to the taste of bitter than the control subjects and others were less sensitive. These alterations may account in part for the reduction of intake and for the aviodance of certain food items by lung cancer subjects. Dietary histories should be taken on all cancer patients in order to individualize dietary management, thereby improving the nutritional intake.
L R Williams; M H Cohen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0002-9165     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Clin. Nutr.     Publication Date:  1978 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-02-23     Completed Date:  1978-02-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376027     Medline TA:  Am J Clin Nutr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  122-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Food Preferences
Lung Neoplasms / diet therapy,  physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Taste / physiology*
Taste Threshold / physiology*

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