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Stop Chemotherapy Nausea

Updated on July 9, 2016

Nausea as a Side Effect of Chemo

Treatments for cancer have come a long way over the years. The effectiveness has increased greatly while the most common side effects, nausea and vomiting, have decreased. Unfortunately, these side effects are still present and can impede treatment. Therefore, they must be treated in order for treatment to be tolerated and continued as scheduled.

There are several pre-medications that can prevent these symptoms before they start such as Zofran or Phenergan. It’s recommended that the patient eat easily digestible foods before treatment. Other suggestions are listed below.

Eating Tip During Cancer Treatment

Eat small, frequent meals
(being over full=nausea)
Eat slowly
Chew thoroughly
Eat room food at room temp.
Avoid spicy or aromatic foods

· If unsure of what foods to eat, a bland or BRAT diet (Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) is usually a safe choice

Gut Soothing Tricks During Chemo

· If unsure of what foods to eat, a bland or BRAT diet (Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) is usually a safe choice

· Keep crackers on hand and especially upon arising for morning nausea and eating protein just before bed slows digestion and decreases morning nausea

· Stay hydrated-6-8 8oz glasses of water is preferred but whatever fluids that can be kept down will help

· Clear liquid diets are also gentle on the digestive system (clear soda, thin soup broth, popsicles and gelatin)

· Try to refrain from drinking during meals. Instead, drink after meal to avoid what’s known as the Dumping syndrome. This is when the body eliminated food almost immediately after it’s consumed

Take advantage of periods of less nausea to increase intake. Always notify your physician of any increase in nausea and vomiting or inability to keep anything down, or experience dizziness, headache, confusion, changes in urination or heart palpitations. In extreme cases, intravenous fluids are needed to restore hydration, which is why notifying your healthcare provider is so important.

Being proactive and keeping in continual contact with your healthcare team regarding any changes in your condition allows you all to work as a team and give the most positive outcome possible.

Getting Rid of Nausea

© 2012 cammyshawn


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      cammyshawn 5 years ago

      Wow! I am so happy for you; 4 years post and no signs! That is awesome! I'm glad you liked the hub and are willing to share it. If it can help anyone I will be very happy! I am for anything that can ease suffering.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I hope I do not hve need of chemo agin but I will keep these tips in mind. At the moment I am four years past my second cancer and there is no sign of further cancer. sharing your hub

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      cammyshawn 5 years ago

      Thanks Carol! :)

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      Carol Wheeler 5 years ago

      Great info, anything that helps with that is amazing advice!