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What can you do to prevent and relieve nausea from chemotherapy?

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You can make a few changes to what you eat and your daily routine to prevent and relieve nausea:

  • Avoid any foods that make you feel sick. Common culprits include fatty, fried, and strong-smelling foods.
  • Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of three big meals. Have a snack before your chemo treatment.
  • Don’t cook when you don't feel well. The smell of warming food can make nausea worse.
  • Eat cold foods if the smell of hot food bothers you.
  • Drink extra water and other fluids so you don’t get dehydrated.
  • Eat candied ginger or drink flat ginger ale or ginger tea to settle your stomach.

American Cancer Society: "Evolution of Cancer Treatments: Chemotherapy."

CancerCare: "Coping With Nausea and Vomiting From Chemotherapy," “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects.”

The Oncologist : "Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting: The Importance of Acute Antiemetic Control."

University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Electrolyte Imbalance.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Nausea and Vomiting."

Lungcancer.org: "Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV)."

Journal of Clinical Oncology : "Systematic Review of Acupuncture in Cancer Care: A Synthesis of the Evidence."

Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings : "Acupuncture as a complementary therapy in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting."

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Cancer: "Acupuncture for chemotherapy-associated nausea and vomiting."

University of Michigan Medicine: "Cancer: Controlling Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy."

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE): Quality-assessed Reviews: "Hypnosis for nausea and vomiting in cancer chemotherapy: a systematic review of the research evidence."

Mayo Clinic: "Chemotherapy nausea and vomiting: Prevention is best defense."

Cancer Research UK: “Sickness (nausea) and cancer drugs.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 19, 2018

American Cancer Society: "Evolution of Cancer Treatments: Chemotherapy."

CancerCare: "Coping With Nausea and Vomiting From Chemotherapy," “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects.”

The Oncologist : "Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting: The Importance of Acute Antiemetic Control."

University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Electrolyte Imbalance.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Nausea and Vomiting."

Lungcancer.org: "Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV)."

Journal of Clinical Oncology : "Systematic Review of Acupuncture in Cancer Care: A Synthesis of the Evidence."

Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings : "Acupuncture as a complementary therapy in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting."

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Cancer: "Acupuncture for chemotherapy-associated nausea and vomiting."

University of Michigan Medicine: "Cancer: Controlling Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy."

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE): Quality-assessed Reviews: "Hypnosis for nausea and vomiting in cancer chemotherapy: a systematic review of the research evidence."

Mayo Clinic: "Chemotherapy nausea and vomiting: Prevention is best defense."

Cancer Research UK: “Sickness (nausea) and cancer drugs.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 19, 2018

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