NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Nausea and Vomiting, Version 1.2016
What can you do to cope with nausea and vomiting?
Talk with your doctor
You may be reminded of many things to do during
the treatment phase of your cancer journey. One
important reminder is to take your anti-nausea and
drugs as prescribed. Another is to stick with
and vomiting. Tell the
doctor if your plan is not working.
It is good to be open with your doctor about any
you have. Even something like heartburn can
be confused with nausea. In this case, the doctor
might be able to try an antacid therapy that calms the
acid. He or she may be able to give you a
specific drug or help you find other ways to cope.
Find ways to cope
You can try different ways to cope with nausea and
vomiting. Some things can be done on your own,
while others will need to be done with the support of
your treatment team.
Here are some things you can try that may help with
nausea and vomiting:
Eat small meals throughout the day.
Avoid foods that make you feel nauseated
(for example, greasy or strong-smelling
Eat your food at room temperature.
Follow the directions on your medicine (for
example, don’t eat 2 hours before treatment).
Drink plenty of water and other fluids (for
example, ginger ale may help with nausea).
Talk to a registered dietitian or qualified
nutritionist who knows how to care for people
Ask a family member or friend to help you
learn more about complementary therapies.
For more information
Go to the National Cancer Institute's
Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer
athttp://www.cancer.gov/ Publications/patient-education/eating-hints .
Here you can learn more about eating small
meals, having a full liquid diet, and avoiding
foods that make you feel sick.