Making patients undergoing chemotherapy want to eat again

Most cancer sufferers lose the will to eat several weeks after beginning chemotherapy treatment. To establish a link between this loss of appetite and sensory alterations following treatment is the main stake of a research project that brings together scientists, physicians and nutritionists2Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (INSERM/CNRS/Université Lyon 1/Université Jean Monnet/Université de Lyon), Institut Paul Bocuse, Groupe APICIL, Elior France. These studies thus aim to determine how chemotherapy causes the deterioration of patients’ perception of taste and smell as a function of their eating habits. Clinical studies will also be carried out in collaboration with oncology services. Their objective will be to establish culinary recommendations adapted to these sensory perturbations, and thereby improve the nutritional balance of patients who are undergoing treatment.