At Calvert Memorial, we understand the special dietary needs of our cancer patients. We have dietitians dedicated to caring for and advising patients undergoing cancer care. We provide dietitian counseling and nutritional assessment. You can make arrangements to talk with a dietitian by calling 410-535-8205.
Certain chemotherapy drugs and especially those used in combination can cause nausea and vomiting. Sometimes it happens right after treatment. With others it can occur later. In the last few years, newer, more effective medicines have been developed that can provide significant relief.
The best way to treat nausea and vomiting is to prevent them from occurring. There are several things you can do to help. First and most importantly, be sure to take your medication as prescribed.
Here are some other suggestions:
- Eat small meals through the day to keep from feeling too full and prevent a prolonged empty stomach.
- Avoid drinking liquids at mealtimes to prevent feeling full. Limit fluids to one hour before or after eating.
- Avoid eating sweets or fried or fatty foods.
- Eat slowly.
- Drink all fluids slowly.
- Relax and chew your food well.
- Eat dry foods, such as toast, crackers or dry cereal to ease an upset stomach, especially in the morning before or after activity.
- Do not lie down flat for at least two hours after eating.
- Rest after eating.
- Salty foods, such as pretzels or salted crackers, may help control nausea.
- Tart foods, such as lemons, may help control nausea.
- Try to avoid the smell of foods when you are not eating. Ventilate your home, especially the kitchen.
If you have questions about cancer care, call our toll-free helpline at 1-877-CMH-CANCER.
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