Chemotherapy side effect

Healthcare Professional

Chemotherapy side effect

in the list of chemotherapy side effect , nausea and vomiting is one of the most common. To help your patients to manage nausea and vomiting, here is a list of practical hints for them to follow:

Daily life

  • Try engaging in relaxing activity such as reading, working puzzles, doing yoga, watching TV or listening to music
  • Alternative therapies such as self-hypnosis, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, acupuncture or acupressure may also help
  • Avoid odors that may upset your stomach such as cooking odors, smoke or perfume
  • Avoid lying flat for at least 2 hours following meals
  • Keep the living space at comfortable temperature with plenty of fresh air

Eating and Drinking

  • Eat before cancer treatments
  • Eat small meals several times a day
  • Don't eat in a room that has cooking odors or that is very warm
  • Slowly sip fluids throughout the day
  • Rinse out the mouth before and after eating
  • Eat foods that are bland, soft and easy to digest rather than heavy meals
  • Eat dry foods such as crackers, bread sticks or toast throughout the day
  • Eat or drink ginger-based (ginger ale or ginger root) or peppermint-based products
  • Drink clear liquids such as sports drinks, lemon-lime sodas or unsweetened fruit juices
  • Start with bland foods such as dry toast or soda crackers, then eat small, frequent meals throughout the day
  • Suck on hard candies such as peppermints or lemon drops if the mouth has a bad taste
  • Avoid fatty or greasy foods immediately before and after the treatment
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid favorite foods on days you are sick so they don't become nausea triggers
Always notify your doctor if nausea and vomiting are severe or if you cannot keep anything down.Download the managing nausea fact sheet
Patients Practical Hints

Nausea Risk Test

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Nausea Risk Test