NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Nausea and Vomiting, Version 1.2016
Preventing and treating
To learn more, ask your doctor or nurse about
complementary therapy. If you are interested, ask for
a referral to a specialist who gives complementary
therapy. Some cancer centers or local hospitals offer
supportive care programs with therapy like this for
people with cancer.
Complementary therapy for
anticipatory nausea and vomiting
If you have anticipatory nausea and vomiting it may
be good to try a complementary therapy. Some
complementary therapies can be used along with
anti-nausea or vomiting drugs your doctor prescribes.
Anticipatory nausea and vomiting can happen before
the next treatment is given. Prevention is important
for this type of nausea and vomiting. Hypnosis
and guided imagery have shown to be helpful for
anticipatory nausea and vomiting. Ask your doctor if
you want to use any type of complementary therapy.
• Drugs and other types of therapy like
meditation or breathing exercises can be used
to prevent nausea and vomiting.
• Some chemotherapies can cause more side
effects than drugs that seek out cancer cells,
such as targeted therapy and immunotherapy.
• You may have to try one or more anti-nausea
or vomiting drugs to find which is most helpful
• Complementary therapies are meant to be
used alongside standard therapies, most often
to prevent or reduce side effects.