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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


treatment plan



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

with cancer.



Ask a family member or friend to help you

learn more about complementary therapies.

For more information

on eating:

Go to the National Cancer Institute's


Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer


at 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.