How can I prevent nausea and vomiting during cancer treatment?

Many anti-nausea medications are now available that can prevent nausea & vomiting. These medications are often given before treatment and/or after treatment. Be sure to take any anti-nausea medications that have been prescribed as directed.
In addition to medications, other integrative approaches may be helpful. Nutrition, mind-body, and acupuncture or acupressure may be helpful. Try to eat a light meal before treatment that is bland, soft, & easy to digest. Eat small, frequent, bland meals as hunger can worsen nausea. Drink liquids between meals. Try having protein and a little fresh ginger with your meals. Eat in a relaxing environment. Mind-body techniques such as guided imagery and biofeedback may be helpful as well. Finally, acupuncture or wearing acupressure bands may help prevent nausea.
Nausea and/or vomiting are common side effects of many cancer treatments. This may occur before, immediately after, or within the first day or two of treatments. Whenever possible, it is best to prevent nausea and vomiting from happening. At home, you can try some behavioral modification methods such as:
  • Avoid eating in rooms that are too warm or that have no fresh air flow
  • Rest after meals, but remain sitting up for about an hour after eating
  • Methods such as distraction and relaxation may help with the feelings of nausea

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