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Prevent nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Whether you will experience nausea and vomiting as a result of chemotherapy depends on what chemotherapy drugs you receive, whether you receive other cancer treatments, such as radiation, during your chemotherapy treatment.

Certain chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause nausea and vomiting. Whether a drug will cause nausea and vomiting also depends on the dosage you receive. Some drugs may be less likely to cause side effects at lower dosages. Ask your doctor whether your treatment plan is likely to cause nausea and vomiting.

Most people undergoing chemotherapy receive anti nausea drugs to prevent nausea and vomiting. Your doctor determines which anti nausea medications to use based on your specific situation.

What additional measures can you take to prevent nausea and vomiting? You can take steps to reduce your risk of nausea and vomiting. Things you can do against chemotherapy nausea:

Fluids
Try cool beverages such as water, unsweetened fruit and vegetable juice or tea. It may help to drink small amounts throughout the day, rather than larger amounts less frequently. Also, if you are vomiting it is important to replace the fluids lost.

Avoid drinking liquids at meals.

Tips - when you eat
Eat small meals throughout the day rather than eating fewer, larger meals. If possible, do not skip meals. Eating a light meal a few hours before treatment also may help.

It is best to avoid foods that are sweet, fried or fatty.

Eat foods that are at room temperature or cold. The smells from hot foods may make your nausea worse.

Surroundings
Avoid strong smells. Limit exposure to unpleasant smells. Fresh air may help.

After eating, rest, but do not lie flat for a couple of hours. Try wearing loose clothing and keeping yourself distracted.

Use relaxation techniques Examples meditation and deep breathing.

Fresh air may be helpful after eating.

These self care measures may help you prevent nausea and vomiting, but they can not take the place of anti nausea medications. Take your anti nausea medications as directed by your doctor.

Remember to let your doctor know about your side effects.

I hope you will find some of the hints useful.



More fruit and veggies

1500 - 4000 new cancer diagnosis per year in Denmark, could be avoided by eating more fruits and vegetables.

(Source: Kræftens Bekæmpelse). 

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Berries in your Smoothie

Eat berries - Especially cranberries and blueberries. Berries can be eaten all year around and can be used in a tasty Smoothie.


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