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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Nausea and Vomiting, Version 1.2016

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Preventing and treating

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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.

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• 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

for you.

• Complementary therapies are meant to be

used alongside standard therapies, most often

to prevent or reduce side effects.