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Nausea and vomiting
If you are having chemotherapy, you will be given anti-nausea medicine with your treatment and to take at home afterwards. In many cases, this will prevent severe nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting, but some people do still feel sick and may vomit. Radiation therapy, other medicines and the cancer itself can also cause nausea and vomiting.
Nausea and vomiting can also be triggered by stress, food odours, gas in the stomach or bowel, motion sickness or even the thought of having treatment. After a person has had a few treatments, they may connect certain sights, sounds or smells with treatment and feel nauseated when they experience them. This is known as anticipatory nausea or vomiting, and it is more common in people receiving chemotherapy.
How to cope with nausea and vomiting
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Jenelle Loeliger, Head of Nutrition and Speech Pathology Department, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Rebecca Blower, Public Health Advisor, Cancer Prevention, Cancer Council Queensland, QLD; Julia Davenport, Consumer; Irene Deftereos, Senior Dietitian, Western Health, VIC; Lynda Menzies, A/Senior Dietitian – Cancer Care (APD), Sunshine Coast University Hospital, QLD; Caitriona Nienaber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council WA; Janice Savage, Consumer.
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