ARTICLESAlterations in Taste Sensation: A CASE PRESENTATION OF A PATIENT WITH END-STAGE PANCREATIC CANCERJohnson, Frances Mary Grace MSN, RN, AOCNAuthor Information Frances Mary Grace Johnson, the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Frances Johnson, 900 Henderson Ave., Apt. 217, Houston, TX 77058. Accepted for publication November 24, 2000. Cancer Nursing: April 2001 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p 149-155 Buy Abstract Alterations in taste can occur as a result of cancer, cancer treatment, and from a variety of other causes. Cancer patients frequently experience taste alterations, which often go undetected in the clinical setting. This case presentation depicts a 90-year-old client with end-stage pancreatic cancer undergoing chemotherapy treatment with gemcitabine. The symptomatology of taste changes is described. Etiology and rationale for taste changes is presented for the cancer patient population, and for the general population. Review of the cancer literature, research instruments, and goals/outcomes are discussed. The author determined that interventional studies are lacking, and research is needed. © 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.