Best Ways to Prevent Nausea from Cancer Treatment
Nausea is a common side effect of cancer treatment. Learn how to help prevent nausea by viewing this Mayo Clinic video or reading through the steps below to reduce your risk.
- Eat small meals. Enjoy small meals throughout the day rather than fewer, larger meals. If possible, don't skip meals. Eating a light meal a few hours before treatment may also help.
- Eat what appeals to you. It's best to avoid foods that are sweet, fried or fatty. In addition, cool foods may give off less bothersome odors. Cook and freeze meals in advance of treatment to avoid cooking when you're not feeling well. Or have someone else cook for you.
- Drink lots of fluids. Try cool beverages, such as water, unsweetened fruit juices, tea or ginger ale that's lost its carbonation. It may help to drink moderate amounts throughout the day.
- Avoid unpleasant smells. Pay attention to what smells trigger nausea for you and limit your exposure. Fresh air may help.
- Make yourself comfortable. Rest after eating, but don't lie flat for a couple of hours. Try wearing loose-fitting clothing and distracting yourself with other activities.
- Use relaxation techniques. Examples include meditation and deep breathing.
- Consider complementary therapies. Complementary and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and aromatherapy, may help you feel better when used in combination with medications from your doctor. Talk with your provider if you're interested in trying these treatments.
These self-care measures may help you prevent nausea and vomiting, but they can't take the place of anti-nausea medications. If you begin to feel nauseated despite the medications, call your doctor.
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