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
Does the whole book apply
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