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My RO at Beth Israel suggested that I take 150 mg/day. All that I can say is that my taste is back to 100%. Can even eat spicey.


6-05, Left Tonsil-T1N2bM0 stageIVA, chemo(Cisplatin), radiation(6660cGy), neck disection, no PEG. HPV negative. (Doc suspects posit)
3-9-09 last of 30 HBO treatments.
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Did your RO mention how long it should take or when to stop taking the zinc?


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I don't remember exactly but I think that I took the 150mg/day for about a year or until my taste fully came back. Good luck.


6-05, Left Tonsil-T1N2bM0 stageIVA, chemo(Cisplatin), radiation(6660cGy), neck disection, no PEG. HPV negative. (Doc suspects posit)
3-9-09 last of 30 HBO treatments.
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I am 3 years out = I remember I was told to take zinc, but with no explanation.
So I still have the bottle I'd buy anybody got any I Dia if it would help at this point?

My page is sort of back but not really. And I'm still sensitive to spicy which I used to really love.

thanks,

Gregor

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I have been doing 50 mg of zinc daily since a few weeks after treatment. I am now about 4 and a half months since end of rads & chemo, and am getting some taste back. Sweet flavors were almost all gone, and fruit has not been appealing, but I would say now , I'm "knocking at the back door" of sweet flavors. There not here yet, but much better


Head and neck cancer,
Squamous cell carcinoma,
HPV p16, Stage 3N (6/14) Occult origin;
58 year old male 35 rads & 2.5 doses Cisplatin chemo 7/10/14> 8/25/14
1.5 years clear of cancer, at this point.

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You sound like me. I am four years out and it's much better but still not great. ;o) and yes I took Zinc and it did help... have a great day


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