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Sorry. Just got back to the computer. It's about 9:30pm/Wed. nite here/east coast USA.
There are a lot of helpful ideas here and I don't know what I can add except to say that possibly if you mom keeps hydrated this may help some to alleviate the situation. Also are there neutral-tasting foods she can eat? Something that isn't super-packed with flavor, but a little more interesting than saltine crackers and dry toast? Since everything taste so strange to her, is she at least getting some nutrition? Maybe try Ensure nutrition beverages or a plain egg custard.
I wish I could be of more help. But like others here I've never heard of cancer, in general, causing this kind of response. However one the early symptoms of PC does seem to be a change in taste sensations, specifically that sweets that were previously enjoyed no longer taste the same -- no longer taste good or are appealing. This is somewhat of an anecdotal symptom, but it is something that is mentioned out there (it happened to my mom prior to diagnosis and I've read it from others on the board), so that being the case your mom's taste changes may very well be related to the cancer.
Also, do you have a dietitian you can consult from your cancer center. Maybe she/he can't solve the problem of the taste changes, but perhaps some foods can be suggested.
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