Tastes can change, outcomes shouldn't

Addressing taste changes in patients with cancer with sensational flavours 

Up to 70% of patients with cancer experience taste alterations1. This represents a high burden for patients with significant impact on patients' quality of life2.


Taste changes can contribute to malnutrition3-5, an important predictor of mortality, reduced tolerance to anti-cancer treatments and impaired quality of life6,7. Identifying and treating early signs of malnutrition with medical nutrition can improve outcomes in patients with cancer8-12.


Sensory alterations may include hypo- or hypersensitivity to taste or smells, or distortion of taste (dysgeusia)14,15. To compensate for taste changes, often patients describe the need for more intense taste stimuli by deliberately adding more spices, salt and ginger to their meals helping stimulate a sensory response; while others describe a need for less intense flavors4,16.

The trigeminal system17,18

The trigeminal somatosensory system plays a fundamental role in chemosensation and the overall “flavor” of foods

The trigeminal system is physiologically distinct from taste and smell, but is increasingly understood to be just as important as these senses for their contribution to flavor


Temperature and many chemical agents can stimulate chemo sensitive channels directly

As an example, hot chili pepper and menthol sensitizes the perception of temperature

FORTIMEL COMPACT PROTEIN includes a sensational range of five tailor-made flavors designed to support cancer patients with or at risk of malnutrition, struggling with sensory alterations.

Cool Red Fruits
Cool Cucumber Lime
Cool Coconut
Hot Tropical Ginger
% of cancer patients that liked these flavours21,22
  • Cool Red Fruits
  • Cool Coconut and
  • Cool Cucumber Lime
  • Neutral
  • Hot Tropical Ginger

Contain specific menthol derivatives, which can activate the trigeminal nerve19. The Cool sensational flavors are particularly well-suited to patients who have a bad taste in their mouth, as menthol derivatives give a “fresh” taste.

Designed without additional sensory stimuli. It is particularly well-suited for patients who are hypersensitive to taste or smell and for patients with a metallic taste in the mouth.

Contains derivatives of hot chili pepper, which can also activate the trigeminal nerve20. This flavor is particularly well-suited for patients who find that everything is bland or tasteless, as the hot pepper and ginger flavours add interest via a “warm” taste.

Optimising the palatability and acceptability of ONS is important to support patient adherence to oral nutritional supplements. Compact protein sensational flavours have been demonstrated to be appreciated in cancer patients undergoing cancer treatments21,22.


How does Fortimel Compact Protein Address Taste Change

Fortimel Compact Protein includes a sensational range of five tailor-made flavors designed to support cancer patients struggling with sensory alterations.


Nutritional care is important at every stop of the patient journey

Cancer treatment is often a complex and difficult journey, and ensuring patients are fit to receive treatment is crucial to improve patient outcomes and prognosis. Cancer treatments act a trigger of catabolism, leading to weight and muscle loss, that adversely impact clinical outcomes[6, 23-25]. Early detection and treatment of malnutrition is essential to optimize cancer care[8-9].


Protein is an important nutrient at every stage of the cancer journey

Protein is an important nutrient at every stage of the cancer journey. In patients with cancer, the need for protein is higher than for healthy adults, and cancer patients often fail to consume sufficient protein[26-28]. Low protein intake can lead to low muscle mass, fatigue and even poorer survival in patients with cancer[29-32]. Therefore, ensuring sufficient protein with high protein oral nutritional supplements can improve clinical outcomes[11,33-36].