Tips to Overcome Nausea and Vomiting

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It is not uncommon to experience nausea and vomiting as a side effect of cancer treatment.   Nausea and/or vomiting may occur right after treatment, several days later or possibly not at all.  If nausea or vomiting becomes severe, talk to the doctor.

  • Eat small, frequent meals of easily digestible food, such as rice, broth and soda crackers.  A very full stomach can contribute to feelings of nausea.
  • Keep a little bit of food in your stomach at all times.  An empty stomach can contribute to feelings of nausea.
  • Eat on the days that chemotherapy is given, but do not eat favorite foods when nauseated.
  • Try crackers or dry toast, especially if it has been several hours since your previous meal or snack.
  • Try cool foods.  Often, they have fewer odors and are more easily digested.
  • Avoid greasy, spicy, hot or very sweet food.
  • Slowly sip cold, clear juices, ginger ale or other carbonated beverages.
  • Limit fluids with meals but be sure to drink plenty of fluids between meals.
  • Try peppermint or ginger tea to reduce nausea.
  • Wear loose clothing. Many people find that this helps reduce feelings of nausea.
  • Talk to the doctor about anti-emetic (anti-nausea) medications. 

For more information on nutrition and pancreatic cancer, please contact a Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) Associate toll-free at 877-272-6226 or email  PALS Associates are available M-F 7am-5pm Pacific Time.


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