Chemotherapy Side Effects – Chemotherapy

Feeling sick (nausea) and vomiting

Feeling sick (nausea) and vomiting
Feeling sick (nausea) and vomiting

During a diagnosis, not everyone feels sick or vomits. Medication is also prescribed to avoid sickness. Preventing sickness is better than treating it after it has begun. Otherwise, it will start several hours after each treatment.

Anti-nausea medication options have increased considerably in recent years. You must take your nausea medicine as prescribed. If you have diarrhea or vomiting for more than 24 hours or are unable to keep any fluids in your body, contact the cancer care team. Other recommendations include:

  • Before your treatment starts, avoid eating too much.
  • Instead of a large meal, eat small amounts but more often.
  • When you feel your best, seize the moment and eat your main meal.
  • Use crackers and dry toast as a snack.
  • Sip on cool drinks and avoid caffeine, alcohol, milk, and high-fat foods and drinks.

If the food or food smells make you feel sick, you may need to ask someone to cook, or prepare and freeze meals between treatments. Many people will consider relaxation or meditation, which will make them feel better.