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The hunt for “chemo wine”

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 05 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c649
  1. Jimmy Weir, finance director
  1. 1Egmont UK, London
  1. jweir{at}

I was diagnosed with a blood related cancer a few years ago, and I had six months of chemotherapy. I was given a thorough briefing on what to expect from the treatment by my haematologist, but I had not considered the impact it would have on my wine drinking. Many people who have chemotherapy lose their desire for alcohol, but I am too enthusiastic about wine to let cancer get between me and the grape.

A week after my first chemotherapy session I developed a strange taste in my mouth. It was a mineral taste, a bit like clay, which coated the …

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