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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Nausea and Vomiting, Version 1.2016

How to use this book

Who should read this book?

This book is designed for people with cancer

on how to avoid or reduce nausea and vomiting

related to cancer treatment. It may also be

useful for caregivers, family, and friends who

want to help them.

Where should you start


This depends on what you need to know!

Each topic is described at the start of Parts 1

through 5. Page numbers are listed so you can

flip right to information you need. Your treatment

team can also point out the sections that apply

to you.

Does the whole book apply

to you?

Nausea and vomiting caused by cancer

treatment can greatly affect your quality of life.

This book will address ways to prevent and treat

nausea and vomiting. This can be done with

medication or other forms of therapy.

The information in this book is based on science

and the experience of NCCN experts. Feel free

to skip over sections that don’t apply to you. And

always, keep in mind that this book does not

replace the suggestions of your doctors. If other

suggestions are given, feel free to ask your

treatment team questions.

Help! What do these words


In this book, many medical words are included.

These are words that you will likely hear from

your treatment team. Most of these words may

be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.

Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading

and review the information. Don’t be shy to ask

your treatment team to explain a word or phrase

that you do not understand. Words that you

may not know are defined in the text or in the



Words in the


are underlined when

first used on a page. Acronyms are also defined

when first used and in the



Acronyms are short words formed from the

first letters of several words. One example is

CINV for






ausea and