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Coping with chemotherapy: How to battle through the nausea

by , 30 December 2013

The nausea and vomiting that comes with chemotherapy treatment is debilitating. The drugs affect people differently. Some experience little to no symptoms. Others are down and out for days after treatment. Today we help with a few tips to keep that nausea at bay…

Many patients benefit from the frequent research and change in the drugs. Patients experience less severe side effects. 
 
But should you be experiencing horrific side effects after chemotherapy, speak to your doctor as soon as possible. 
 
If you’re not able to hold down any liquids, you’ll become dehydrated. 
 
  • You need to keep hydrated. Drink at least eight glasses of fluid a day. Because you also need electrolytes, this can include water, flat soda, or fruit squash. 
  • If it’s hard to drink at any point of the day, suck on ice cubes or try drinking through a straw.
  • When you don’t feel nauseous, try to eat more in a meal so you’re bulking up on nutrition. Only eat at meal times and leave the fluid drinking to the times between meals.
  • When your stomach is empty nausea feels worse. So eat small frequent meals during the day.
  • Relax while you’re eating. Chew your food slowly and thoroughly.
  • Avoid eating spicy or fatty food. 
  • Eat food that is cold or at room temperature. Smelling warm food could bring on the feeling of nausea. 
  • Rest after you have eaten. Keep your head propped up above the level of your stomach to keep food down. 
  • Take your medication at the right times. 
 
Your body is under enough strain while undergoing treatment. Keep yourself nourished and hydrated to ensure you’re giving your body a fighting chance to overcome your cancer!
 

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