You may feel sick or have trouble keeping food down, either because of the cancer or because of side effects from medicines you’re taking. This can be distressing but your health care team can help manage nausea and vomiting with anti-nausea medicines (called antiemetics).
These can be taken as tablets or, if swallowing is difficult, as wafers that dissolve on the tongue, as injections under the skin, or as suppositories, which are inserted into the bottom.
I hated certain smells and did all I could to avoid them. My mouth felt very dry, which made food unappetising. Adding extra sauce helped.Helen
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