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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Nausea and Vomiting, Version 1.2016

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Coping

How can you keep track of side effects?

How can you keep track of side

effects?

Your treatment team may ask you to be aware of

how you are feeling between visits. You can track

that information and share it with your doctor. For

example, it can be helpful to keep track of a side

effect like delayed nausea and vomiting. This type

can happen after treatment. Your doctor has ideas on

how to help you but he or she needs to know exactly

what you are experiencing.

You can use a calendar to track when you should

take your anti-nausea and vomiting drugs. This will

help you stay on schedule and if needed, record any

missed doses. Caregivers can also use it to help you

take your medicine on time.

When to reach out for help

If the side effects continue or get worse with time, call

your doctor or nurse as soon as possible. It is also a

good idea to let your caregiver know if you are having

any side effects. He or she can help you track when

the side effects are happening and what works best to

make you feel better.

Another thing you can do in between visits is make

a list of questions to bring with you. You can review

the questions with your doctor. For a list of helpful

questions, see Part 5 of these patient guidelines.