Learned taste aversions in children receiving chemotherapy

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Science  16 Jun 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4347, pp. 1302-1303
DOI: 10.1126/science.663613


Children with neoplastic diseases were offered an unusual ice cream before their drug treatments. Patients experiencing gastrointestinal toxicity due to the drugs were subsequently less likely to choose that ice cream again than controls. This suggests that taste aversions induced by drug-associated symptoms may contribute to the appetite loss experienced by cancer patients.